700 Journalists Were Accredited for Synod

VATICAN CITY, OCT. 24, 2005 (Zenit.org).- The Synod of Bishops on the Eucharist was a media event, judging by data published by the institution’s General Secretariat.

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Coverage of the synod’s assembly was ensured by 450 journalists permanently accredited in the Vatican press office, as well as by another 260 correspondents who came to Rome for the Oct. 2-23 event.

Ten briefings were held by five press spokesmen for Italian-, English-, French-, Spanish- and German-speaking journalists.

Three press conferences were held at the beginning, middle and end of the assembly, with four cardinals and bishops who participated in the synod.

The Holy See published daily information on the synod in Italian, English, French, Spanish and German in the Bulletin of the Synod of Bishops. A version also reported the original interventions in Latin.

The Bulletin gave a résumé of each of the interventions prepared by the synodal fathers. On the second day of the synod, its General Secretariat decided not to give details about the free interventions, to avoid too much media coverage.

Copies of the bulletins were handed out. The texts were also posted on the Holy See’s Web page, in the Synod of Bishops section. That section was accessed about 710,000 times from Oct. 2-20.

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