The Church Up Close

Covering Catholicism in the Age of Francis

2021 Edition

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 2021 will take place online, in two FREE webinars, on:

Thursday, 23 September
Tuesday, 28 September


Click the Program button to the right for more information, or the Registration button to sign up!


We leave the description of the usual Seminar below, looking forward to the next time it can be held in person.


(Last updated 21 July 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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