Loading
Mexican journalist praises Pope for targeting Church crises
By Rosa Maria Ordaz
Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Addthis

.- As Pope Benedict's March 23-25 visit to Mexico nears, local journalist Valentina Alazraki praised the Pope's strong leadership and willingness to directly address Church problems.

In remarks to CNA, the prominent reporter noted his “laudable efforts to help the Church overcome the different crises she is facing.”

Alazraki – who covered the conclave that elected Benedict XVI and is currently the Vatican correspondent for the Mexican network Televisa – also emphasized her great respect for the Pope.

“He is an extremely intelligent man who writes in a truly extraordinary way, and he expresses himself in a very intelligent way in his homilies and speeches,” she said. “He is a great teacher and has great patience, sobriety and intellectual and human poise.”

Alazraki recalled accompanying Pope John Paul II on 100 apostolic trips and traveling with Benedict XVI on twenty of his, saying the press receives “first-class treatment” aboard the papal plane.

She noted that while the Pope’s menu “is a little bit different because of his health, our menu is almost the same as that of the papal entourage.”

The Pope has a special section on the papal jet where he can rest, she added, and from there he emerges to meet with journalists during the flight.

“He almost always answers reporters’ questions in Italian, so that the majority can understand him, regardless of the language in which the question was posed,” she said.

Alazraki noted that Blessed John Paul II was the first pontiff to hold a press conference onboard a plane. “In the history of the Popes, there had never been a press conference. John Paul II walked the entire cabin and answered each reporter’s questions, in their own language as well.”

She said Pope Benedict's visit to Mexico will be instrumental in helping Mexicans overcome pessimism, despair and fear over the intense violence that is affecting the country.

“I pray that this visit will bring hope to the people, not only of our country but of the entire world. I am convinced that through this visit to Mexico, Mexicans will be able to become close to Benedict XVI and to understand and love him,” she said.

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

An Indian contribution to the Vatican's Synod on the Family
An Indian contribution to the Vatican's Synod on the Family
Christ Cathedral CNA video Sept 2014
Alejandro Bermudez of CNA accepts ice bucket challenge
'The Real Albania,' remembering those who fled
Pope Francis in Albania, "one of the most important visits of the post-communist era in Albania"
Pope Francis greets paralyzed man who risked all to see him
Franciscans on the banks of the Tiber in Rome, working for the New Evangelization
Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Preparations of the Closing Mass of 6th Asian Youth Day
Missionary of Charity, Korea
Testimony of Christian Love during Pope's Visit to Korea
Religious Sisters in South Korea react to Pope Francis kissing a baby
Warm atmosphere during Holy Mass at Daejeon World Cup Stadium
Images inside Pope Francis flight to South Korea
The tombs of the early Christians
Missionaries of Africa, called "the White Fathers"
Italian youth give testimony after mission to Peru
Interview with Iraqi Ambassador to the Holy See on the persecution of Christians
New book 'The Vatican unknown'
Oct
30

Liturgical Calendar

October 30, 2014

Thursday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Lk 13:22-30

Gospel
Date
10/29/14
10/28/14
10/27/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Eph 6: 10-20
Gospel:: Lk 13: 31-35

Saint of the Day

St. Romuald »

Saint
Date
10/29/14

Homily of the Day

Lk 13:22-30

Homily
Date
10/29/14
10/28/14
10/27/14