July 16, 2011. (Romereports.com)
The Pope gives hundreds of public speeches every year. But imagine if anyone of us, could be his ghostwriter. What would write about and how would we word it?
The Pope gives hundreds of public speeches every year. But imagine if anyone of us, could be his ghostwriter. What would write about and how would we word it? Well, it may just be for fun, but a contest called “Ghostwriter for the Pope” is in full swing.
It was launched by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS) and the assignment is simple. It focuses on what the Pope should say in his upcoming trip to Berlin, when he addresses Germany's parliament.
Only serious entries that reflect the Pope's theology will be considered. Even though, the Holy Father won't actually read the winning entry, there is a prize involved. The winner will be invited to hear the Pope's actual speech on September 22nd.
The maximum length is five pages and all entries must be in German and submitted by August 26th. The winner will be chosen by KAS foundation, Catholic theology professors, journalists from the Vatican's media and also religious dignitaries.
As a starting point, organizers say writers should take a look at the speech the Pope gave last year at London's Westminster Hall, to get a better idea of his structure and style.
The Pope will be in his native Germany from September 22nd to the 25th.