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Giuseppe De Carli, RAI Vaticanist, passes away

Since the 1990s, De Carli brought images of John Paul II?s pontificate to thousands of Italian households.

Giuseppe De Carli

RAI Vaticanist

“I told John Paul II: Holy Father, we love what we do because we love you. I think we loved John Paul II because everybody loved him.”

De Carli did no fewer than 4,000 broadcasts about John Paul II during his career. When asked which image would remain with him, De Carli showed no hesitation.

Giuseppe De Carli

RAI Vaticanist

“The image from March 26, 2000 when he entered the Holy Sepulcher. This pope, who is already in poor health, bends down. He enters and collapses before the empty tomb. I think that sums up who this Wojtyla is and the meaning of his pontificate very well.”

De Carli organized the initiative “The Bible Day and Night,” a marathon Bible reading that was attended by Benedict XVI, actor Roberto Benini and by Muslims and atheists.

De Carli accompanied Benedict XVI on all his trips. Until recently, he also worked on Sundays and public holidays to share images of the pope on television.

Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican?s spokesman, was charged with publicly announcing De Carli?s death.