Radio Maria is a non-profit and non-commercial Catholic. Radio that broadcasts twenty-four hours everyday. Its operations rely mainly on voluntarism, prayers and financial support of its listeners and friends. RADIO MARIA was founded as a parish radio station in 1983, in Arcellasco d’Erba, in the province of Como in the Diocese of Milan. In 1987 the RADIO MARIA Association was founded making RADIO MARIA independent from the parish. In 1990 RADIO MARIA became a national radio. The following years, by God’s grace it began expanding to other countries. In 1998 the World Family of RADIO MARIA was formed to ensure promotion, sharing, and development of the Radio Maria Project worldwide.