The journalist Valentina Alazraki received this morning from the Pope Francisco the decoration of the “Order of Pius IX”For his work as a journalist who has covered five pontificates and made 154 papal trips.
“The Pope told me in a previous private meeting that it really came from his heart and that it was a recognition of a life dedicated to journalism, of a clean person, he used these words, who seeks the truth, who seeks to report in a correct way and that it was not really part of a propaganda, that he really did it from the heart and that through me he obviously recognized all those who dedicate themselves to this profession that especially in the Vatican with in many other places it is not easy because it involves many difficulties, “said the Mexican journalist.
This is the first time that a Dad awards this recognition to a journalist.
“I feel super honored, but more than anything I feel honored and privileged by all the attentions that Pope Francis has had with me since the beginning of his pontificate after I was already introduced as dean, and I feel very fortunate because from when I started She was like the youngest, she was the only very young woman with John Paul II and now with this pontificate of being the dean, I have had the enormous luck of being in the right place at the right time ”, she said.
The atmosphere that was lived today was of celebration, of photos and congratulations to which relatives and fellow journalists accredited to the Vatican attended where they expressed their joy for this recognition that he received Valentina Alazraki With Philip Pullella of the Agency Reuters.
“I feel honored and privileged for all the attention that Pope Francis has had with me since the beginning of his pontificate after I was already presented as dean, and I feel very fortunate because from when I started I was like the youngest, I was the only woman very young with John Paul II and now with this pontificate of being the dean, I have had the enormous luck of being in the right place at the right time, “he said.
The Dad Francisco In his message, he said that the journalist must keep in mind three verbs, “listen, deepen and tell” where “the truth makes us free” thanking the two journalists naming them “Lady and Knight of the Grand Cross of the Piana Order.”
Thank you, dear friends, for this meeting. Thanks and congratulations to our two “deans”, who today become “Lady” and “Knight” of the Grand Cross of the Piana Order. Thank you all for the work you do. Thank you for your search for the truth, because only the truth sets us free.
Valentina Alazraki, at the end of the ceremony, would conclude with the fulfillment of duty, working, reporting from the St. Peter’s Square with the bottom of the BasilicaWith microphone in hand, the Mexican journalist continues to learn and listen, because for her, in journalism learning is never finished.
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