The foreign journalists accompanying Pope Francis during his trip to Armenia admit that the pontific’s agenda is not normally so busy as now.
Speaking to Tert.am, Andrea Gagliarduci, an Italian journalist and analyst (Catholik News) who always covers papal visits and meetings, said the Pope very seldom has such a busy schedule.
She said they have visited with a full team to attend and cover all the ceremonies and events to be arranged on the sidelines of the visit. The Italian journalist, who represents a Catholic media outlet, said the current visit is of special significance for them, especially after the 2015 holy Mass in Vatican (when the Pope used the word “genocide” to refer to the World War I ear massacres of the Armenians in the Ottoman Empire).
An Associated Press reporter, who is of Georgian descent and whose name is Tako, says journalists’ work is responsible and important.
A Russian reporter said that the global interest in the Pope’s historic visit to Armenia is understandable. He is grateful for favorable working conditions and expressed hope that good conditions will be ensured during the coming two days. Russia’s catholic community would never forgive Russian media outlets for failing to cover the papal visit to Armenia.
“This is a significant event for believers. The Pope has said you are the first Christian people so it is good such events are taking place here,” says Sergey.