The Church Up Close

Covering Catholicism in the Age of Francis

Building on its very successful monthly-seminar series for Rome-based Vatican correspondents, the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome is offering the sixth edition of its intensive one-week Seminar in English, The Church Up Close: Covering Catholicism in the Age of Francis. The Seminar is designed for foreign journalists who cover the Roman Catholic Church.

The Church Up Close Seminar 2020 Edition was postponed to September 2021 due to the measures to contain COVID-19. However, even now the situation is not greatly improving in Italy, and things remain uncertain. This means that we cannot yet confirm the Seminar will take place in the usual way. We are, however, considering other ways to offer the opportunity for formation that the Seminar was founded to provide. 
Information here will be updated by the end of May 2021. 

Combining conferences, interactive workshops, personal encounters, and on-site visits, the seminar gives journalists an array of tools to enhance the quality of their coverage of the Roman Catholic Church. Participants will receive a basic sense of the lay of the land at the Vatican; a serious, in-depth analysis of specific hot-button issues confronting today’s Church; a personal introduction to some knowledgeable insiders and key players in Rome; a taste of the rich history and culture behind contemporary Church affairs; a chance to dialogue, in an ideal setting, with journalists from around the world, on the complex relationships between religion and the media.


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