Spokesman Cites Pope’s “Sensitivity” for Media

Navarro Valls Addresses Conference

ROME, APRIL 30, 2006 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI has great sensitivity for the media, says Vatican spokesman Joaquín Navarro Valls.

The director of the Vatican press office said this on Saturday during the closing session of the 5th Professional Seminar of the Church’s Information Offices, held at the University of the Holy Cross in Rome.

“I have found in the Pope’s life a great sensitivity toward the media world,” said Navarro Valls.

“He is an intellectual and knows the limits of the media, but that knowledge does not hinder him from being greatly concerned about this world,” he said.

Comparing his work with Pope John Paul II and with Benedict XVI, Navarro Valls said: “I have the same direct access, not only to the person, but also to the decision-making process.”

The Vatican spokesman offered as an example a conversation he had with Benedict XVI last Friday.

“I argued almost for one hour with the Pope on the topic of the media — well, not argued,” he corrected himself, “one does not argue with the Pope.”

In this conversation he said that he “tried to transmit an aspect to the Pope: When in the life of a person — also of a journalist — the moral level is raised, what he produces is also better.”

Narvarro Valls also commented on his intention to leave the post of Vatican spokesman, a post he has held for 22 years.

“I do not want to give big news,” he said. “At present, the Holy Father knows well my wishes and I know very well what the Holy Father’s wishes are.”

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