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The new Pope said today to the Journalists gathered in the Aula Paulus VI, who difficult is to report about the Church if you see it in terms of “politics”. This is why, I think, all the so-called experts in Vatican affairs who worked with lists of candidates to the papacy failed with their predictions in this election.

“The Church” – Pope Francis said – “does not respond to earthly logic” and can be difficult to communicate effectively because “the nature of the Church is spiritual, not political”.

“The Church is certainly a human and historical institution with all that that entails, yet her nature is not essentially political but spiritual: the Church is the People of God, the Holy People of God making its way to encounter Jesus Christ. Only from this perspective can a satisfactory account be given of the Church’s life and activity.

This is why so many times there are so confused reports about the Church in the media are not so accurate and sometimes confusing for the public, I think. Looking from a political perspective and forgetting the spiritual dimension is not the best way to approach the kind of news like the ones coming this days from Rome. It is like approach an arts news event with a sports perspective. Not practical, not useful, not professional, not a good outcome. The story of this days it has been an example, reading or watching the different reports.

About Olga Brajnović

Journalist. In my fifties. I've worked for 26 years in a newspaper in Spain. I worked for two years as a stringer and correspondent in the US, and went as a special envoy to other places like the Balkans. Sea lover. Avid reader. Classic Music enthusiast.

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