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06 March 2014 | by Julie Etchingham

Why the world listens

Analysis of Pope Francis’ first year: the media expert

One of the marks of the Bergoglio pontificate is his popularity with the world’s media. When he stepped on to the balcony after his election, a star emerged. His gift, says a seasoned ITN newsreader, is his authenticity. But such early successes are nothing compared to the challenge ahead It was the scoop that most journalists dream about. On 28 February last year, a small gaggle of the Vatican press pack was covering a low-key consistory with Pope Benedict, at which little more than a few formalities were expected to be announced. But at the end of the event, just as the reporters thought it was almost over, Pope Benedict was handed a piece of paper. In a barely audible voice, he began to read aloud. In Latin.For a few minutes, only one journalist, Giovanna Chirri, understood what


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