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Type of site
Available inSpanish, Italian
OwnerGrupo Intereconomía
EditorGabriel Ariza
Current statusActive

InfoVaticana is a religious website based in Spain, covering topics about the Catholic Church. Founded in 2013[1] by Gabriel Ariza and Fernando Beltrán, the website describes itself as trying to "fill a gap in the rigorous analysis of what happens in the Church". Information is published in two languages; the Spanish language and the Italian language. The website takes a Vaticanist approach, discussing current affairs within the Church from an orthodox Catholic point of view. During the reign of Pope Francis, the website has had legal action taken against it by the Vatican City for use of symbols related to the Vatican.


InfoVaticana was founded as a business with a balance of around 2,000 euros by Gabriel Ariza and was registered in the Mercantile Registry of Madrid in November 2013. Ariza is the son of Julio Ariza, who was previously a Member of the Parliament of Catalonia for the Spanish People's Party and has since been the owner of the Intereconomía Group.[2]

Since 2013, InfoVaticana has stood out as an information portal about the Catholic Church, with a clear orienatation towards doctrinal orthodoxy. They have covered various news of some importance in the national ecclesiastical sphere: from the situation of the channel 13tv (belonging to the Spanish Episcopal Conference),[3] or the controversial election of the last president of the Asociación Católica de Propagandistas and the judicial process of the "miguelianos" group.[4][5][6]

Although InfoVaticana began publishing in Spanish, in May 2015 the creation of an Italian version was announced. Gabriel Ariza, director of InfoVaticana, explained this decision to Religión en Libertad: "The number of readers who follow us from Italy has not stopped increasing, and Italian is today the universal language of the Church: a large part of the more than five thousand bishops in the world have studied in Rome and many priests know that language well and completely ignore Spanish, so the Italian edition will be for them a way to get closer to the reality of the Church."[7]

In August 2017, InfoVaticana received a notification from the Chicago-based law firm Baker McKenzie on behalf of the Vatican Secretariat of State, Pietro Parolin, asking them to transfer the domain to it, and stop using symbology related to the Vatican as it could be considered "a violation of the intellectual property of the Vatican.[8] The case is part of a legal debate over whether the Holy See can claim full ownership of the "Vatican" brand and its derivatives.[9][10]

Political positions[edit]

Agence France-Presse characterizes InfoVaticana as conservative and critical of Pope Francis ("conservadora Infovaticana, uno de los medios más críticos de Francisco.")[11]


In addition to having their respective sections of blogs and news, InfoVaticana has the following sections:

  • Formation: with articles related to the Catholic faith, catechesis, prayers, Marian devotions, etc.
  • Profiles: of Spanish bishops, cardinals and members of the Roman Curia.
  • Interviews: this section includes various digital interviews organized from the portal. This section includes interviews with readers by personalities such as Santiago Abascal.[12]


Currently, Infovaticana hosts several blogs on its website, highlighting:

  • La Cigüeña de la Torre: in which Francisco José Fernández de la Cigoña (aka "Paco Pepe"), Spanish secularist, commentator, writer.[13][14]
  • El Olivo: of Fr. Tomás de la Torre Lendínez, diocesan priest of Jaén
  • Ite Ad Ioseph: Blog of the Barcelona Catholic group Hijos de San José, youth section of the Youth Association of San José.
  • The Blog of Fr. Manuel Guerra Gómez, priest and doctor in classical philology and patristic theology.[15]
  • The Blog of Fr. José Antonio Fortea, Spanish exorcist, priest in Alcalá de Henares.[16]
  • The Blog of Fr. José Luis Aberasturi, former professor, Fomento-Fundación chaplain, philologist, philosopher and moral theologian.[17]
  • Adoración y Liberación: of the same name as the web portal founded by Vicente Montesinos, judicial officer, linked to various initiatives within the Catholic Church (catechesis, formation, youth, etc.).

Also published are Spanish translations of articles by Italian ecclesiastical analyst Sandro Magister, and the American religious information magazine The Catholic Thing.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "INFOVATICANA SL, MADRID - Informe comercial, de riesgo, financiero y mercantil" (in Spanish). Retrieved 28 February 2017.
  2. ^ "El hijo de Julio Ariza acusa al presidente de la COPE de cobrar un sobresueldo de 2.500 euros al mes". Retrieved 2 March 2017.
  3. ^ "13Tv, en causa legal de disolución tras perder más de 12 millones de euros en 2015". Infovaticana. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
  4. ^ "La permanente de la CEE reconoce que Fidel Herráez fue válidamente elegido consiliario nacional de la ACdP". Infovaticana. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
  5. ^ "Rituales diabólicos y abusos sexuales en la secta de los miguelianos". Infovaticana. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
  6. ^ "Miguelianos: La escabrosa declaración que echa por tierra la defensa del Brujo Miguel". Infovaticana. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
  7. ^ "Infovaticana lanza una edición en italiano con contenidos propios y anuncia "alguna sorpresa"". Retrieved 2 March 2017.
  8. ^ "Publican "El Vaticano contrata a la firma Baker and McKenzie para acallar al molesto diario digital español"". Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Gabriel Ariza, el madrileño que se resiste a que el Vaticano le cierre su página web". El Mundo. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  10. ^ Artiz, Parra (24 March 2018). [Does the Holy See own the Vatican brand? Spain, so far, says yes "Does the Holy See own the Vatican brand? Spain, so far, says yes"] Check |url= value (help). Calgary Herald. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  11. ^ "Dimite el "ministro" de Comunicación del Vaticano tras una polémica". AFP. 21 March 2018. ProQuest 2015772018.
  12. ^ "Abascal: 'Hay que preservar la identidad cristiana de Europa'". Infovaticana. Retrieved 8 March 2017.
  13. ^ "La lucha por el poder en la Iglesia". EL PAÍS Semanal. Retrieved 8 March 2017.
  14. ^ "Muere Alberto Iniesta, el obispo que irritó a Franco y desesperó a Tarancón". EL PAÍS. Retrieved 8 March 2017.
  15. ^ "Manuel Guerra Gomez: "No podemos identificar secta con algo destructivo, aunque es cierto que también las hay"". La Opinión de Zamora. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  16. ^ "ATRESPLAYER - Volver a ver vídeos de Al rincón de pensar - Amarna Miller y el padre Fortea". La Opinión de Zamora. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  17. ^ "Non mea voluntas". InfoCatólica. Retrieved 18 October 2017.

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