As the Roman Catholic Church’s Cardinals meet at the Vatican to discuss the election of a new pope the modern world meets the ancient as the world’s media gathers to report every whisper.
Viviane Lee from New York News TV told us: “It’s something that is of great journalistic interest. It is of interest to anyone who is an observer of spiritual affairs, of government affairs, of politics in the world. So, I have always considered the job of reporter-journalist-anchor to be quite privileged because we get to see the inside before anybody else does.”
In a world of lightening fast communication, just how important is it for the new pope to be media savvy?
Ronaldo da Silva who travelled to Vatican City for Brazilian television has an opinion on that: “We live in a 24-7 media world and it makes a big difference if someone knows how to communicate and use communication tools and speak the language of the modern world.”
It is ironic that all those involved with the election of a new pope are sworn to secrecy and the conclave itself is a secret process, yet hundreds of journalists are just metres away.
Euronews’ correspondent in Vatican City, Fabian Farge, concluded: “The media presence here is unprecedented since the death of John Paul II. The shock resignation of Benedict XVI and the election of a new pope has mobilised the world’s media, it is similar to the Olympics or the World Cup, everyone wants to cover this event live.”