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You can read here the feedback from some participants to the different seminars on Church coverage and religious information:

“Want to become a “Vaticanista” in just one week? Attend this conference! It is excellent- and it’s in Rome. Hard to beat that combination!”

David Gibson, Religion News Service, USA (2012) 

“This is a splendid course that offers real insight into the workings of the Catholic Church. It will take you beyond the headlines into the depth and riches of one of the world's greatest institutions. For journalists covering religion, this course is a must. For Catholic journalists, you will come away far more attached to your faith. If you have the chance to study at Santa Croce, take the opportunity. It's the learning experience of a lifetime.”


Charles Lewis, Religion Reporter, National Post, Toronto, Canada (2010) 

“A golden opportunity for English-speaking journalists who aspire to report and interpret the affairs of the Catholic Church at a global level with authority and insight.”

Martin O’Brien, Correspondent, The Irish Catholic, Belfast - Northern Ireland (2014) 

“It sounded like a wonderful thing to do and a very important possibility for someone like me who covers the Vatican from the outside. (…) This is a great opportunity to get close to the Church and meet people who actually work at the Vatican and work within the Church, as well as making network and understanding the Church better”.

Lauren Green, Chief Religion Correspondent, Fox News Channel, USA (2016)

“I attended first in 2014 and returned in 2018 for a refresher. My decision was fully vindicated as I gained many fresh insights into the issues challenging the Church. A uniquely enriching experience both in terms of learning from   speakers of such authority  and meeting so many gifted participants from all over the world."

Martin O'Brien, Freelance journalist/broadcaster specialising in religious affairs, Belfast - Northern Ireland (2018)

"The Church Up Close course on communications in the Church is an eye-opening experience. Through the talks and visits to different offices I got to know a Vatican that was unknown to me before. Institutions got faces, questions got answers and facts became connected in a bigger picture. I have also made a good network with the participants that is enriching for my professional and personal life."

Mojca Purger, Slovenian Catholic Weekly Magazine, Druzina, Slovenia (2018)

“A once in a lifetime opportunity to meet and interview top Vatican leaders, led by generous and extremely accommodating hosts at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross.”

Elizabeth Tenety, Writer, America magazine, USA (2014)

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