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Saturday, August 29 • 3:05pm - 4:20pm
How to Cover a Papal Trip in Three Easy Steps

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  1. Add the Rev. Thomas Rosica, English language assistant to Holy See Press Office and head of Salt and Light Catholic Television Network; Austen Ivereigh, author of “The Great Reformer,” a widely hailed biography of Pope Francis; David O’Reilly, religion reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer and a veteran of several papal trips; John Thavis, author and journalist specializing in Vatican and religious affairs; plus a dash of David Gibson, national reporter for Religion News Service and longtime Vatican-watcher.
  2. Stir together and mix with a room full of reporters who can share their own experiences and ask questions specific to the upcoming U.S. papal visit.
  3. Enjoy a refreshing primer on all things Francis and feel yourself relax about the prospect of what will be a stress-inducing week of impossible deadlines for everyone else!

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National Reporter, Religion News Service
Gibson is a national reporter for RNS and an award-winning religion journalist, author and filmmaker. He has written several books on Catholic topics. His latest book is on biblical artifacts: "Finding Jesus: Faith. Fact. Forgery," which was also the basis of a popular CNN series.

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Austen Ivereigh

Coordinator, Catholic Voices
Ivereigh is a British writer, journalist and commentator on religious and political affairs who regularly appears on TV and radio. Most recently, he is the author of a highly praised biography of Pope Francis, “The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope” (2014). In 2010, he co-founded Catholic Voices, a project to train ordinary people to put the case for the Church on contentious issues in the media, which has... Read More →
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David O'Reilly

Religion reporter, The Philadelphia Inquirer
O'Reilly has been a reporter and editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer since 1982, and its religion reporter since 1995. In 1999 he won the Templeton Award for religion reporter of the year, and in 2006 won it for the religion story of the year: a five-part series on the future of the Catholic Church around the world. His work has been included in the anthology Best Newspaper Writing in America.
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Rev. Thomas Rosica

English Language Assistant, Holy See Press Office
The Rev. Rosica, CSB, has been the founding Chief Executive Officer of the Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation and Television Network since 2003. Appointed by Pope Benedict XVI to the Pontifical Council for Social Communications in 2009, Fr. Rosica also served as Media Attaché at three Synods of Bishops at the Vatican in 2008, 2012 and 2014. Since the Papal Transition in 2013, he has been English language Assistant to Holy See Press... Read More →
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John Thavis

Author, Self-employed
Thavis grew up in Minnesota and graduated from St. John’s University in 1973. After moving to Italy, he worked as a reporter and editor of the Rome Daily American in the late 1970s, and in 1983 began covering the Vatican as reporter and Rome bureau chief for Catholic News Service, traveling with Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI to more than 60 countries. He served three years as president of the Association of International... Read More →

Saturday August 29, 2015 3:05pm - 4:20pm
Commonwealth Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 2nd floor