It’s a gray, rainy day here in New York, so what better way to spend my afternoon than sharing some pictures of bright sunny Roma with the world?
I was in Rome for the Church Up Close conference, which was for journalists covering religion “in the age of Francis,” and deciding to skip the beginning of my senior year to attend was one of the best decisions of my life. I was the only student who’s ever gone, and I learned so much from the other attendees, let alone the program itself.
The Pontifical Council for Social Communications.
Our time was split between seminars at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross with guest speakers both from the media and from the Vatican, on-site visits with more lectures, and tours of various locations and offices.
One of our speakers was Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, who was giving a talk on his work on interreligious and ecumenical dialogue, but is more of a public figure for being the guy who comes out on the balcony and goes “HABEMUS PAPAM!”
It was pretty intense compared to other conferences that I’ve attended, with all-day sessions Monday through Saturday and then a tour and farewell lunch on Sunday, after which I was able to spend a little time in my old neighborhood, Prati.
This is the very short version. I hope to be able to post about a few of the sessions, not all of which were on the record, as well as some of my travel experiences, including my hostel, which was my first-ever blog collaboration. Stay tuned!
(And thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who made this possible.)
- Following religious media and journalists on news alerts and social media
- Having the realization that maybe I should have taken Italian more seriously and, you know, actually eventually learn how to speak it
- Reading the USCBB’s documents on covering the Holy See (so interesting)
- Getting ready for the career fair next week
- Reading everything John Allen Jr. ever wrote.