FOR ACCREDITED JOURNALISTS
Cfr. Notice N. 1, Bulletin N. 459 of
The Holy Father Benedict XVI has convoked the XI Ordinary General
Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which will take place in the
Vatican from Sunday 2 to Sunday 23 October 2005, on the topic:
Eucharistia: fons et culmen vitæ et missionis Ecclesiæ
L’Eucaristia: fonte e culmine della vita e della missione della
The Eucharist: Source and Summit of the Life and Mission of the
L’Eucharistie: source et sommet de la vie et de la mission de l’Église
La Eucaristía: fuente y cumbre de la vida y de la misión de la
Die Eucharistie: Quelle und Höhepunkt des Lebens und der Sendung der
A Eucaristia: fonte e ápice da vida e da missão da Igreja
Eucharystia: źródłem i szczytem życia oraz misji Kościoła
2. Accreditation for reporters
2.1. Requests are accepted for temporary accreditation by reporters
who are not permanently accredited with the Holy See Press Office
and intend to cover the XI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of
2.2. To obtain temporary accreditation it is necessary to present
- Application form issued by the Holy See Press Office.
- Letter of request for temporary accreditation to the Holy See
Press Office by the Management of the news organization represented,
which requests accreditation to cover the XI Ordinary General
Assembly of the Synod of Bishops (02-23.10.2005) and attests that
the applicant is a professional journalist; and, must agree to
respect the ethical norms of the journalistic profession (ex. those
concerning embargo, etc.).
- Photocopy of the valid passport or other legal identity document.
- Photocopy of press-card (for those who come from countries where
- No. 1 recent passport-size photograph in color and signed on the
back (in case of consignment through e-mail: file in JPG format),
for those who have not been accredited during the last two years
with the Holy See Press Office.
2.3. The above-mentioned documentation is to be sent to:
Holy See Press Office
Via della Conciliazione, 54
SCV-00120 VATICAN CITY STATE
[this E-mail address is reserved exclusively for sending information,
photographs, etc. in electronic form regarding the accreditation
2.4. Reporters who are non-residents of Rome are asked to
transmit their request through the Episcopal Conference of their
country of residence.
2.5. Deadline for the presentation of applications: Monday 26
2.6. The Secretariat for Accreditations of the Holy See Press Office
is open, Monday to Friday from 11.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.
2.7. Incomplete applications or those that are not in conformity
with the above-mentioned conditions will not be taken into
2.8. Temporary accreditation badges will be available from Thursday
29 September 2005.
2.9. Accredited journalists (reporters, still photographers and TV
operators) are kindly requested to visibly wear their accreditation
badge. This applies also to permanently accredited journalists.
3. Accreditation for still photographers and TV operators
Still photographers and TV operators are asked to address their
Pontifical Council for Social Communications
Palazzo San Carlo
SCV-00120 VATICAN CITY STATE
4. Opening hours of the Holy See Press Office
4.1. During the XI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops,
the Holy See Press Office will observe the following opening hours,
from 1 to 23 October 2005:
● Monday-Saturday 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.
● Sunday 9.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.
4.2. The staff of the Information and Accreditation Desk (to the
right of the entrance hall) will be available:
● Monday-Friday 9.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.;
● Saturday 9.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m.
4.3. Notice of any changes will be communicated as soon as possible
and will be posted on the bulletin board in the Journalists’ Area of
the Holy See Press Office and published in the Service Information
area of the Internet site of the Holy See (http://www.vatican.va).
5. Briefings for language groups
5.1. In order to provide more accurate information on the work of
the Synod, five language groups have been organised for the
5.2. The location for the briefings and the name of the press
attaché for each of the language groups are as follows:
● Italian language group
Press attaché: Rev. Giorgio Costantino
Location: Journalists’ Room, Holy See Press Office
● English language group
Press attaché: Rev. Fr. John Bartunek, L.C.
Location: John Paul II Conference Hall, Holy See Press Office
● French language group
Press attaché: Rev. Fr. Pierre Gérard, S.I.
Location: Marconi Room, Vatican Radio, Palazzo Pio, Piazza Pia 3
● Spanish language group
Press attaché: Mr. Isidoro Catala Marcos
Location: Telecommunications Room, Holy See Press Office
● German language group
Press attaché: Rev. Fr. Wilhelm Müller, S.V.D
Location: Pastoral Centre for German Pilgrims, Via della
5.3. On the days listed below, a briefing by the press attachés is
scheduled at 1.10 p.m. for each language group, indicatively:
● Tuesday, 4 October 2005
● Wednesday, 5 October 2005
● Thursday, 6 October 2005
● Friday, 7 October 2005
● Saturday, 8 October 2005
● Monday, 10 October 2005
● Tuesday, 11 October 2005
● Wednesday. 12 October 2005
● Saturday, 15 October 2005
● Friday, 21 October 2005
5.4. On the day listed below for each language group briefing the
press attachés will be accompanied by one of the Synod Fathers
pertaining to the same language group at 1.10 p.m., indicatively:
● Tuesday, 18 October 2005 (following the presentation of the
5.5. Eventual updates will be published as soon as possible.
6. Press Conferences
6.1. There will be three press conferences, which will take place at
12.45 p.m. in the John Paul II Conference Hall of the Holy See Press
Office (with simultaneous translation in Italian, English, French,
Spanish and German), and are open to accredited reporters (still
photographers and TV operators are subject to the “Mari Pool” and
the “CTV Pool” and have only limited access), indicatively:
● Monday, 3 October 2005 (following the Relatio ante disceptationem);
● Thursday, 13 October 2005 (the day following the Relatio post
● Saturday, 22 October 2005 (the day following the presentation of
the Elenchus finalis).
6.2. The names of the participants and any changes in the above
dates and times will be communicated as early as possible through
the Bulletin of the Commission for information of the XI Ordinary
General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops and the Bulletin of the
Holy See Press Office.
6.3. On Saturday, 1 October 2005, at 11.30 a.m. in the John Paul II
Conference Hall of the Holy See Press Office, His Ecc. Msgr. Nikola
Eterović, Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops, will hold a
briefing in order to furnish information on the significance and the
course of events of the Synodal Assembly.
7.1. Pools of accredited journalists will have access to the Synod
Hall, scheduled for the opening prayer of the morning General
7.2. Registration lists for the pools will be made available to
reporters at the Information and Accreditation Desk of the Holy See
Press Office (to the right of the entrance hall).
7.3. For the pools still photographers and TV operators are
requested to apply to the Pontifical Council for Social
Communications (see point 3).
7.4. The participants of the pools are requested to meet at 8.30
a.m. in the Press Sector which is located outside, in front of the
entrance to the Paul VI Hall. From there they will be accompanied at
all times by an official of the Holy See Press Office (for reporters)
and by an official of the Pontifical Council for Social
Communications (for still photographers and TV camera teams).
Suitable dress is required.
8. Bulletin Synodus Episcoporum
8.1. The Bulletin of the Commission for information of the XI
Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, entitled Synodus
Episcoporum and published by the Holy See Press Office, will be
issued in 6 language editions (plurilingual, Italian, English,
French, Spanish and German), with 2 issues each day (morning and
afternoon), or according to necessity.
8.2. The morning issue will be published at the conclusion of the
morning General Congregation, and the afternoon issue the following
8.3. Distribution to accredited journalists will take place in the
Journalists’ Room of the Holy See Press Office.
8.4. The plurilingual edition will contain summaries of the
interventions by synod fathers, as prepared by themselves in their
own languages. The other 4 editions will report the respective
versions in Italian, English, French and Spanish.
8.5. The first two issues of the Bulletin will be published on
Saturday, 1 October 2005. The first issue will contain the complete
and updated list of all the synod fathers and other participants.
The second issue will contain the working program and general
information on the synod.
8.6. The third issue of the Bulletin will contain the Holy Father’s
homily for the solemn opening concelebration on the morning of
Sunday, 2 October 2005 (it will be available to accredited
journalists when the Holy See Press Office opens, under embargo).
8.7. The fourth issue of the Bulletin will contain the reports which
will be presented in the first General Congregation of the morning
of Monday, 3 October 2005 (which will be transmitted live on TV in
the Holy See Press Office).
8.8. The language editions of the Bulletin will also be available on
the Holy See Internet site:
8.9. Please note that the Bulletin of the Synod of Bishops is only a
working instrument for journalistic use and that the translations
from the original are not official.
9.1. Telephone service (Telecomunications Room)
9.1.1. For local calls, booths 1-4 and 6-9 are available, free of
9.1.2. Long-distance and international calls can be effected through
the “172 (Italy Direct)” service; for the countries linked with this
service - payment is charged to the receiver (booths 1-4 and 6-9).
9.1.3. In addition, accredited journalists can receive telepone
calls in booths 1-4 and 6-9.
9.2. Telefax service (Reception Desk)
9.2.1.The telefax service will be available at the reception desk
(at the entrance, to the left).
9.2.2. The reception personnel will accept the text for transmission
by “polling” (payment charged to the receiver) or in cash.
9.2.3. In the case of “polling”, the accredited journalist who
intends to send a telefax is asked to have the destined receiver
call the telefax number of the Holy See Press Office (the reception
personnel will indicate the telephone number and the hour in which
the receiving end should place the call).
9.3. E-mail service (Journalists’ Room)
In the Journalists’ Room some PC are available with Internet
connection free of charge, to send E-mail messages and to consult a
personal E-mail account.
The Holy See Press Office (as also the Loggia di Carlo Magno and St.
Peters Square) are hot-spot, access points to the wireless network
for Internet wireless transmissions. Those who have a properly
equipped laptop computer for wireless navigation through WI-FI and
are in possession of the User ID and Password for log-in assigned by
their provider, can use this service provided by Telecom Italia.
10. Telephone news-bulletin
During the period of the Synod, a telephone news-bulletin will be in
● +39-06-698.19 for the ordinary daily Bulletin of the Holy See
● +39-06-698.84051 for the Bulletin of the Synod of Bishops -
● +39-06-698.84877 for the Bulletin of the Synod of Bishops -
11. Photographic service
During the period of the Synod, photographic services will be
Via del Pellegrino
SCV-00120 VATICAN CITY STATE
12. Video service
During the period of the Synod, video services will be furnished by:
Vatican Television Centre
Via del Pellegrino
SCV-00120 VATICAN CITY STATE
13. Live TV coverage
The opening ceremony and concelebration of Holy Mass on Sunday, 2
October 2005 (9.30 a.m.) and the closing ceremony and concelebration
of Holy Mass on Sunday, 23 October 2005 (10 a.m.), in St. Peter’s
Basilica in the Vatican (like all public celebrations presided by
the Holy Father), as well as the first part of the first General
Congregation on Monday, 3 October 2005, will be transmitted live on
the Holy See Press Office TV monitors in the Telecommunications
Room, in the Journalists’ Room and in the John Paul II Conference
14.1. The working program of the XI Ordinary General Assembly of the
Synod of Bishops will be published in the Bulletin of the Commission
for information N. 2 of 1 October 2005.
14.2. Any updates will be published as they are available.
15. Other information
15.1. The preparatory documents for the XI Ordinary General Assembly
of the Synod of Bishops (Instrumentum laboris and Lineamenta) may be
consulted on the Holy See Internet site:
15.2. Other information regarding dispositions for accredited
journalists will be announced as soon as possible, published in the
Bulletin of the Commission for information of the XI Ordinary
General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops.