.- A new book launched by L'Osservatore Romano features opinion pieces from the 150 year-old Vatican daily reflecting on life, culture and the world from a Catholic perspective.
The book, titled âA Catholic Look. 100 Editorials from LâOsservatore Romano,â features writings published in the last four years under the leadership of editor-in-chief Giovanni Maria Vian, who assumed the post in 2007.
In an interview with CNA, Vian said the collection âis especially important because it presents a Catholic outlook intended to go beyond cultural or geographical boundaries, a universal outlook that the Holy See has, and also a Catholic outlook in the sense of the faith.â
Vian said the book does not âhide its point of view, but it is capable of hosting the perspectives of other Christians, other believers and the laity.â
The Catholic Churchâs opinion is essential in todayâs world, he added, because âit is the only international institution capable of developing a culture different from the dominant culture, and it is something that is more than a culture, it is a proclamation, a presence in support of the human being.â
He also noted that the role of the Vatican daily in recent times is a ârole consistent with its history. It strives to present a friendly face of care to the world in the name of the Holy See.â
Vian reflected that his work as director of the paper has been âa great honor and above all a great responsibility.â
âI try not to think about it too much because the responsibility is enormous. I try to assume it each day with great assistance from my superiors and colleagues, because this is a team effort,â he explained.
During a recent presentation of the book, Cardinal Angelo Schola of Milan quoted Pope Paul VI, who said âthe contribution LâOsservatore Romano is making now more than ever to todayâs pluralistic society.â
Cardinal Schola said the paper inspires readers to reflect on important issues and helps Catholics around the world to âlive an authentic ecclesial experience.â
He said that the newspaper is defined by its âinternational and ecumenical dimension, by inter-religious dialogue, by the great issues of bioethicsâ as well as âscience and the economy.â
Cardinal Schola also called the Vatican daily a âresource for curious collaborators around the world, for exponents of other confessions and religions, and for the laity,â noting how it also highlights a âspecial concern for women.â