Journalists to Learn About the Church

Pontifical University Hosts Seminar for the Press

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ROME, MAY 19, 2010 ( The Pontifical University of the Holy Cross is offering journalists who report on the Church the opportunity to learn more about their subject matter.

The School of Church Communications at the Roman university has organized its second seminar titled «The Church Up Close: Covering Catholicism in the Age of Benedict XVI.» It will be held Sept. 6-12.

The seven-day English-language seminar will include general presentations on how the Vatican works, as well as lectures on specific topics such as the relationship of the Church and the Anglican Communion; Pope Pius XII and the Jews; and Church diplomacy.

The seminar will also take a look at the controversies surrounding the sexual-abuse scandals.

Speakers include Cardinal Francis Stafford, retired Major Penitentiary; Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace; Vatican spokesman Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi; Franciscan Father David Jaeger, a Holy See expert on relations with Israel; and Yago della Cierva, director of communications for the 2011 World Youth Day in Madrid.

According to the president of the organizing committee, Opus Dei Father John Wauck, «Covering an institution as old and as large as the Catholic Church has always been a huge challenge, and in today’s shrinking world, it’s becoming ever more necessary to tell even local stories about the Church from a global perspective. The seminar should help reporters do that.

«What’s more, Rome is an ideal setting for reflecting on religion and the media with journalists from around the world.”

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