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Vatican Press

The Vatican press operates in the technological and productive sector, taking forward carrying out all the activities related to the printing and the packaging of the Pontifical documents, Official and the official documents of the various dicasteries, and Offices of the Holy See and the Vatican City State. In addition, it also prints the  to all these, is also the printing of the Vatican Newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, and it takes care of other editorial products publications of the entities connected to the Holy See.

It should be also noted that a valuable manual handicrafts production of high quality is made for the Holy Father and for the Secretariat of the State.It should also be noted that it offers a high level of skilled workmanship to the Holy Father, the Secretariat of State and the Dicastery for the Service of Charity

It carries out publishing work To these activities, there could be added another important editorial activity on behalf of the LEV (Libreria Editrice Vaticana, the Vatican PublicationPublishing House) for the Congregations, and for the Bambin Gesù Pediatric Hospital, and produces the artistic publications for the Vatican Museums and for the Vatican Apostolic Library.

The Vatican Press prints the newspaper L’Osservatore Romano. The Polish edition is printed monthly in magazine format, as is the magazine 'Women Church World'.

The Press also provides various “commercial” products: To complete the activities of the press, we have thus the various «Commercial» works: business cards, invitations, leaflets, posters, printed envelopes, letterheads, badges, stamps, Mass booklets, greeting cards, printed folders, forms, calendars, and diaries.


The Vatican Press: a unique press in the world.



In 1561 Pius IV called P.. Manuzio to Rome to establish an official printing press, which at the end of 1563 passed into the ownership of the Roman municipality or Roman ‘people’. The most notable products of the Press of the Roman People were the Canones et decreta Concilii Tridentini (1563) and the Catechismus ex decree Concilii Tridentini (1566).

The Vatican printing press, established in the Vatican Palaces by Pope Sixtus V by the bull “Eam semper”, was even more closely dependent on the Holy See. Its direction was entrusted to D. Basa, while the younger A. Manuzio was given the task of revising the editions (1590). Both Latin and oriental characters were supplied to the printing press by R. Granjon’s Parisian factory. The editions produced by the Vatican Printing Press include the Bible corrected in accordance with Tridentine principles (edition revised by A. Manuzio, 1593). After a long period of limited activity, the Holy See printing press enjoyed a remarkable revival with Leo XII in 1825, publishing among other things the works of A. Mai. A further revival occurred in 1884 during the pontificate of Leo XIII.

In 1626 Urban VIII founded the "Polyglotta Vaticana of the Sacred Congregation of Propaganda Fide", in order to provide the publications necessary for the missions. He obtained a large quantity of typographic materials (23 alphabets), supplemented by the oriental characters given by the Vatican Printing Press and by the Oriental Medicean Press. The creation of new characters was entrusted to the engraver S. Paolini. The press mainly printed religious and grammatical books, and dictionaries. After the middle of the 18th century, under the direction of the erudite abbot C. Ruggeri, there was a second period of intense activity.

In 1937 Pope Pius XI entrusted the Direction of the Vatican Press and the Administration of “L’Osservatore Romano” to the Salesian Society of Don Bosco. In 1991 the Vatican Polyglot Press and the press of “L'Osservatore Romano" were merged and managed under the sole direction of the Salesians of Don Bosco.

The building that stands today was constructed in 1908 during the papacies of Pius X and Benedict XV. With the extensions and renovations of 1991 it reached a volume of 35,000 cubic meters.


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The equipment currently consists of:

Photocomposition - computer systems for word processing of texts, layout and imposition, OCR readers, laser printers for drafts, 70x100 plotter, one of which is used for certified colour proofing with front/back devices, colour scanner.

Digital Printing - HP 12000 (sheet size 53x75 cm) 7-colour white and vault is an industrial-grade digital with the same register adjustments as offset and automatic print quality control to Fogra 39 standard; Konica Minolta C12000 (sheet size 33x48.7 cm) 4-colour white and vault with spectrophotometer and the possibility of banner printing up to 130 cm length.

Offset - Roland 704 (74x104) 4-colour, convertible, with oven and ink cooling system; Roland 705 (74x104) in 5 colours with oven and ink cooling system; Roland 702 (74x104) two-colour, convertible, with ink cooling system. Also present are Roland Praktica (35x50) with bustometric and numbering systems. The plates for offset and roto-offset printing are engraved with Lotem CTP.

Binding and artistic production - various machines for the processing and realization of manufactured items into precious materials (diploma/parchments,  parchment, leather, balacron, imitlin, skyvertex cover materials). 

Manual Handcrafted printing - there are printing machines, with "hot" system for gold impressions and systems for embossed punching.

Set-up - the packaging chain is complete with Wohlemberg (paperback) for large runs. Fully automated folding, stitching, gathering and cutting. PUR glue-binding machine for short runs.


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The Vatican Printing Press is currently located in Vatican City, in Via della Tipografia.

The reception office is situated on the first floor.







Tipografia Vaticana

Via della Tipografia, 00120 Vatican City
Tel: +39 06 698 45720
E-mail: info.tipografia@spc.va

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