One of the most complicated jobs in the world is organizing a papal visit.
For example, the easiest part is finding a place to hold a ceremony with hundreds of thousands of people. The most difficult part is what's unseen: obtaining funding, deciding the pope's schedule, organizing travels or preparing a press center for thousands of reporters.
Yago de la Cierva, an organizer of World Youth Day in Madrid in 2011, knows the process well. Thus, he's compiled anecdotes from several papal visits and published this book, in which 14 experts explain how to prepare for a religious megaevent.
YAGO DE LA CIERVA
Author“Megaevents of the Catholic Church”
“You have to understand what the Holy See expects from that event, speak with different people before preparation can begin; you also have to reach agreeements with the country to establish each party's responsibilities. Later, you also have to decide which type of workers you need, how much you're going to pay them, where you're going to get the money from.”
The book explains the ins and outs of a papal visit and all types of large events – from the distribution of work to the decision-making process. Through their advice, the authors ensure organizers don't lose time or money and that attendees are left completely satisfied.
YAGO DE LA CIERVA
Author, “Megaevents of the Catholic Church”
“Organizers are always left with two impressions. One: how happily people left, how they were renewed, how they got closer to the Church and the pope. The second impression is, 'We could've done it better... we could've made that outcome more enduring, reaching more people, changing people's lives.'”
The idea of the project is to learn from past mistakes and avoid them in the future. It's a book that will undoubtedly spare organizers from enormous problems.