Photo: Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB is interviewed by BBC Radio about the upcoming conclave in front of the media stand in St. Peter’s Square. Fr. Rosica and S+L Producer Sebastian Gomes worked for Fr. Federico Lombardi, SJ in dealing with the English media during the recent papal transition.
By Sebastian Gomes
I remember when Fr. Rosica called me into his office the morning of February 14th to tell me that Fr. Lombardi (the Vatican Spokesperson) had asked the two of us to come to Rome immediately to work with the English speaking media, who had already begun to swarm the Vatican three days after Pope Benedict announced his resignation. A lot has happened since that conversation.
One month later, I found myself standing in front of 250,000 people doing the first reading at Pope Francis’ inaugural Mass in St. Peter’s Square. And since returning to Toronto the following day, that has been the main topic of conversation with friends and family, and even some secular newspapers wanting to tell the story. I found that each person had a different level of interest in the papal transition and my personal experience of it, but one question was asked consistently: “Just how did you end up doing the first reading?”