Students of the postgraduate course in ‘Institutional Communication and Religion in the Digital Age’ visit Rome to get to know the most relevant media institutions of the Holy See

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Students on the post-graduate course “Institutional Communication and Religion in the Digital Age” visited the “Sala Stampa della Santa Sedo”, the Vatican press office, which reports directly to the Secretariat of State and is run by the Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, who is also director of the Vatican Television Centre and Vatican Radio. Father Lombardi took questions from the students and explained how they manage communication crises.

As part of this visit to the Vatican, which is part of the postgraduate programme, the students also met with the Director of the Vatican Press Office, Father Ciro Benedettini, who explained the Vatican’s news work and the workings of the office, where more than 400 journalists from around the world are permanently accredited.

The students also visited the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, presided over by Italian Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, who spoke to them about new technologies, imagination and communication. The students were introduced to one of the Council’s projects, the Interimirifica.net portal, the first global Catholic directory of communication media, by its creator, the Bolivian journalist Monsignor Ariel Beramendi.

Finally, the students were able to visit the facilities of Radio Vaticana, a radio station created by Marconi and inaugurated by Pius XI in 1931, which currently broadcasts in more than forty languages.