Benedict XVI will answer questions from television viewers

Source: FSSPX News

In an unprecedented event, on Good Friday, April 22, 2011, Benedict XVI will participate in a televised broadcast, recorded three days earlier in the papal apartments by the Vatican Television Center (CTV).  At the initiative of Rosario Carello, the author and host of the religious program “A Sua Immagine” (“In His Image”), the interview will be broadcast by public television, Rai Uno, starting at 2:10 p.m., a little before the hour when Christ died on the cross, according to tradition, the Vatican noted. 

In its March 8 edition, the Italian daily newspaper Corriere della Sera announced the broadcast with advance publicity and explained that Benedict XVI would answer questions from the faithful about Jesus Christ.  The pope will decide on the length of the interview, which could run to an hour and twenty minutes.  Benedict XVI will answer questions previously sent in by television viewers on the Internet site or by mail.  The three questions that are selected will be posed by the host of these Sunday programs on the public network.

Answering questions from Vatican Radio, Rosario Carello explained that the idea came from the fact that “Good Friday is a special day, and until a few years ago television still acknowledged that difference with programming that fostered reflection.”  “We have lost that sense,” he said with regret.  “Good Friday on television is a day like any other for all the networks.”  Benedict XVI realizes that “if we know Christ only a little—and we scarcely know Him, he himself says so in the preface to the first volume of Jesus of Nazareth—we love Him only a little and we believe in Him only a little.”  Given the great number of questions about Jesus from television viewers, the program host thought of asking the Supreme Pontiff, now that volume II of Jesus of Nazareth is appearing, to come and answer them, since he appreciates the pope’s “clarity” of expression.

Benedict XVI has already participated in televised interviews.  In 2005 and 2006 he had welcomed Polish and German television to his summer residence, Castel Gandolfo, on the eve of his trips to those two countries.  In 2008 the pope read the Bible live before the cameras of RAI.  Leo XIII was the first pope to be filmed, in 1896.  And in 1961, Italian public television was allowed by way of exception to film the interior of the Vatican so as to depict a day in the life of John XXIII.