Peruvian journalist Esther Nunez Balbin, a Zenit collaborator, collected, in the name of the Agency, the plaque of special mention of the Cardinal Juan Landazuri Ricketts 2019 National Journalism Prize, which the Peruvian Episcopal Conference awarded this Agency for the journalistic coverage of the Synod on the Amazon, held in the Vatican in October of this year.
The ceremony for the awarding of the prizes took place at 11:00 am (local time) on Friday, November 29, 2019, at the headquarters of the Peruvian Episcopal Conference in Lima, Peru. Also taking part in the awarding of the prizes and supporting the special mention to Zenit was Peruvian journalist Jose Antonio Varela Vidal, collaborator of this News Agency.
Monsignor Raul Chau, Auxiliary Bishop of Arequipa and President of the Episcopal Commission for Social Communications, handed the commemorative plaque to Zenit’ collaborator, and the Peruvian Bishops Ricardo Garcia, of the Prelacy of Yauyos, and Jose Luis del Palacio, of Callao, congratulated Esther Nunez.
During the awards ceremony, Esther Nunez spoke a few words of gratitude in the name of the whole Zenit team, highlighting the importance of covering the Synod in order to hear the needs of the Amazonian nations.
She also mentioned that Zenit is an Agency specialized in information on the Catholic Church, a non-profit informative portal with 22 years of experience in favor of evangelization and at the service of the Pope, Successor of Peter, and of the Church, whose objective is to inform with the highest professionalism, fidelity, and service to truth.
Coverage from Peru
Journalist Esther Nunez Balbin covered from Peru Pope Francis’ convocation <of the Synod> in the closed coliseum in Madre de Dios in January 2018, the meeting that initiated the Synod of Amazonia. She has written several articles since then and given interviews and information to the Peruvian Bishops, members of the Synod’s Special Commission.
She has also attended several initiatives, such as the protection of tropical forests, which were generated from Peru to contribute to the realization and promotion of the needs of the Amazon nations. Among those awarded, the special mention of the Juan Landazuri Ricketss 2019 Prize went to journalist Maria Rosa Lorbes of “La Republica” newspaper, also for her coverage of the Synod, and to Carlos Paredes, who has a column in the newspaper “Gestion, Memorandum Economico 2019, for his article “Economic Analysis of the Catholic Church in Peru.”