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Selection of John Paul II’s press interviews published

March 25, 2011

Libreria Editrice Vaticana, the Vatican publishing house, has announced the publication of a selection of Pope John Paul II’s in-flight interviews with journalists.

“Today, the words that Benedict XVI gives to journalists on international flights are carefully transcribed by the journalists themselves, and sometimes even during the flight, transmitted by telephone to the agencies,” writes Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi. “But for many years, it wasn't like this, in part because conversations with John Paul II had another style -- much more spontaneous, made up of numerous brief comments. It was not at all easy to transmit them to Rome, and perhaps was not even necessary to transcribe them in their entirety. But luckily we have conserved the majority of them and can listen to them again.”


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