February 2, 2012. (Romereports.com)
He was a pioneer of communication, especially when it came to the Catholic Church. His last wish was to launch an international news agency. Alfonso Nieto, achieved that goal with ROME REPORTS. As one of its main founders, he was also the agency's first president.
ROME REPORTS Director
“Mr. Alfonso Nieto was a very cordial and loving person. He always opened our minds. When it came to our work, he said we shouldn't settle. He always said, the Church has the best message. As journalists, he told us, we had the responsibility of offering that message with quality, to the public.”
He passed away Thursday morning, at the age of 79, in Pamplona, a city where he spent a big part of his life. For 12 years he was rector of the University of Navarra in Spain. He also received honorary degrees from two universities. He even helped launch the Faculty of Communication at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome.
In one of his last publications, he focused on theology and spirituality of the time. Interestingly, he wrote “The currency of eternal glory, is the time one dedicates to God. That's where the word 'happiness' finds its true meaning, without comparison.”
“An old proverb says, 'When you drink from the fountain, you should never forget its source! I thank heaven-which is the source: What I learned from St. Josemaría, led me to freely decide that I wanted to work in communication. That led me to work in the field, in the business sector, as a teacher and as a researcher.”