The life of the Waldensian churches is centred around the Word of God. From Mediaeval times this Word was preached in the language of the people so as to better communicate the Gospel message. The Reformation extended the use of the common people’s language to all churches belonging to the Movement. Communcation today must take into account the world of the mass media and its respective languages as well as language itself.
Special attention has always been paid to the written word and, consequently, to the press. La Claudiana Editrice (The Claudiana Publishing House), has made a notable contribution to the spreading of Reformation thought in Italy since the second half of the nineteenth century. The Eco delle Valli Valdesi and La Luce, the historical leading newspapers of the Waldensian church, are now united in Riforma, a weekly paper, edited jointly with the Italian Baptist churches belonging to UCEBI (The Union of Italian Baptist Churches).
The Federation of Italian Protestant Churches (FCEI) has a television and radio press service in which the Waldensian churches are also involved and, from time to time, given a small space on the radio and TV networks of the RAI. In fact, every Sunday morning a radio service (Culto radio) is broadcast on the National Radio Network, while a feature programme, Protestantesimo, is broadcast on the TV2 channel of the RAI once a fortnight. NEV, a Protestant press agency, promulgates national and international Protestant news by means of Internet and
a printed bulletin.