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On board the papal plane: Benedict XVI's meetings with the press

2013-06-18

Vatican journalist Angela Ambrogetti decided to keep track of all those encounters Benedict XVI had with the press during his papacy. The result is a unique book titled  'Sull'aereo di Papa Benedetto', or 'On the plane with Pope Benedict'. 

ANGELA AMBROGETTI
Author, 'Sull'aereo di Papa Benedetto'
"It's a new 'literary genre' that John Paul II started. Benedict XVI kept the custom of meeting with the press on the aircrafts from the Vatican to most of his important trips, especially the longer ones.  So I decided to collect all his words, to express the general outline and development of his papacy.”

Even though these press conferences are often brief and limited to just a few questions, some of the journalists who traveled with him, remember those moments fondly. 

FR. FEDERICO LOMBARDI
Director, Vatican Press Office
"Benedict XVI was an extremely skilled communicator. He was able to explain his thought in an articulate, clear and linear way. His words were very rich in content. That's why his speeches must be listened to with great attention. Then one could read them again, meditate upon them. They were incredibly charming and thought provoking."

Before each journey, journalists who are admitted into the papal flight are carefully selected. Angela Ambrogetti says that if one is lucky enough to get a seat on the plane, the experience is truly memorable one. 

ANGELA AMBROGETTI
Author, 'Sull'aereo di Papa Benedetto'
"Traveling with the Pope is incredible. But it's also very tiring. You have to keep up with his schedule, and sometimes even keep ahead of him. But it's really nice to feel like you're a part of his trip. It's beautiful to know that thanks to your work you will contribute to the journey's outcome and success.”

During his eight years as Pope, Benedict XVI took on 24 international journeys. His first trip was to lead World Youth Day in Cologne, Germany. Now, it will be that same meeting that will mark Pope Franci's trip to Brazil in late July.  


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