Covering the Vatican
in advertising, in communications and on the Internet. Another council doc-
ument denounced pornography.
The president is Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli. The secretary is Msgr.
Paul Tighe. Phone 06-6988-3197. Eemail@example.com .
Prefecture of the Pontifical Household
The grand Apostolic Palace, where the pope resides, requires some looking
after, and the Prefecture of the Pontifical Household does just that. In addi-
tion, the prefecture organizes papal audiences, both general ones and more
private ones with heads of state and other important figures, and takes care
of the pope’s schedule both at home and outside Rome, in effect serving as a
The prefect is Archbishop Georg Gänswein. Phone 06-6988-3114.
Pope John Paul II founded this commission in 1988 to provide pastoral care
to former followers of the late Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre. The French arch-
bishop, who rejected the liturgical reforms and other aspects of the Second
Vatican Council, was excommunicated after ordaining bishops without
papal approval. The commission oversees matters related to the use among
Catholics of the Tridentine Mass as revised in 1962, before the Vatican II litur-
The president is Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller. The secretary is
Archbishop Guido Pozzo. Phone 06-6988-5213. Efirstname.lastname@example.org .
COVERINGMAJOR VATICAN EVENTS
If you cover the Vatican long enough, you’ll probably get the chance to cover a
conclave. This booklet will spare the details since you’ll be flooded with infor-
mation when the time comes, but here are the basics.
Foreign journalists generally invade Rome in the day or two following the
death of a pope. The
processed more than 6,000 accreditation
requests in the 10 days after Pope John Paul’s death. Funeral rites are cele-
brated for nine consecutive days, called the
, with burial between
the fourth and sixth day after death. Before the funeral Mass, the pope’s body
lies in St. Peter’s Basilica for viewing by the faithful.