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‘Who Know Where They Stand’: Catholic Voices and the Papal Visit to the UK
A few months before Pope Benedict XVI arrived in the UK for his historic visit, the Catholic Voices project set out to ensure that it would be a media success.
Using insights and experiences gained from their 2006 experience responding to the Da Vinci Code film, the authors created a team of 25 ‘media-friendly, studio-ready and ego-free’ lay Catholics.
The success of Catholic Voices, which has developed a new kind of apologetics for the era of 24-era news, has inspired similar efforts in other countries.
Packed with details, tips and reflections, Who Know Where They Stand tells the story from the inside: where the idea came from, how it was established, and how the trainings and briefings were organised. It is an indispensable handbook for anyone passionate about communicating the Church.
Jack Valero, spokesman for Opus Dei in the UK, was press officer for the beatification of Cardinal Newman during the papal visit. Austen Ivereigh, spokesman for the former Archbishop of Westminster, is a journalist and commentator.