Commission for information of the
16 November-12 December 1997
"Encounter with the
Living Jesus Christ,
The Bulletin of the Synod of Bishops is only a working instrument for journalistic use and the translations from the original are not official.
33 - 12.12.1997
This is the last number of the Bulletin of the Synod of Bishops, Synodus Episcoporum, which has been published by the Holy See Press Office with the information of the Special Assembly for America of the Synod of Bishops, having taken place from 16 November to 12 December 1997, in the Synod Hall, Vatican City, on the theme: "Encounter with the Living Jesus Christ, The Way to Conversion, Communion and Solidarity in America" .
The Commission for Information was composed as follows:
Those responsible for the publishing of information:
Director of the Holy See Press Office
Vice Director of the Holy See Press Office
Press Attache for the Italian Language Group
Press Attache for the English Language Group
Press Attache for the French Language Group
Press Attache for the Castilian-Portuguese
For the proper functioning of the Commission for Information, the Holy See Press Office has made available to the Special Assembly for America of the Synod of Bishops, their personnel and their technical services, under the guidance of the Vice Director Rev. Fr. Ciro BENEDETTINI , C.P., and has organized four language groups (Italian, English, French, and Castilian-Portuguese) for the accredited journalists.
Information and accreditation
Press Office secretarial staff
Press Office Bulletin and GEIS
Pontifical Council for Social Communications
Centro Televisivo Vaticano
Central Surveillance Office of Vatican City
In addition, the Holy See Press Office has organized a temporary office for the translation and publication of information, coordinated by the Assistant of the Holy See Press Office, Mr. Vik VAN BRANTEGEM.
The following persons were part of the staff:
INPUT OF INFORMATION ON INTERNET
NETWORK FOR DATA PROCESSING
Data Processing Center of the Administration
of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See
ITALIAN LANGUAGE GROUP
ENGLISH LANGUAGE GROUP
FRENCH LANGUAGE GROUP
CASTILIAN LANGUAGE GROUP
PORTUGHESE LANGUAGE GROUP
Supply and Technical Services of the
Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic
AUDIO AND VIDEO CONNECTION WITH THE SYNOD HALL
LIAISON WITH THE HOLY SEE MEDIA
L’Osservatore Romano - Graphic Office
Radio Vaticana - SEDOC
VIS - Editorial Office
The Press Attaches held 15 briefings for the journalists of the Italian, English, French, and Castilian-Portuguese language groups:
- Tuesday 18 November 1997
In addition, some briefings were held with the presence of some Synod Fathers, in order to furnish information on the Synod of Bishops and on the Synodal activities in general:
- Saturday 29 November 1997
- Monday 1 December 1997
- Friday 5 December 1997
- Wednesday, 10 December 1997
The following are the locations of the briefings for each language group:
Italian Language Group
English Language Group
French Language Group
Apart from these, there were 3 press conferences held in the Pope John Paul II Hall of the Holy See Press Office, in which the following Synod participants intervened:
1. Monday 17 November 1997, 12:45pm
2. Thursday 4 December 1997, 12:45pm
3. Thursday 11 December 1997, 12:45pm
BULLETIN OF THE SYNOD OF BISHOPS "SYNODUS EPISCOPORUM"
During the Special Assembly for America of the Synod of Bishops, the Bulletins, in the plurilingual, Italian, English, French, Castilian and Portuguese editions, offered the accredited journalists the possibility of following day by day, the Synod activities.
From 15 November 1997, to 12 December 1997, 35 Bulletins were published with an overall printing of 1,665 copies (plurilingual 450, Italian 265, English 265, French 180, Castilian 350, Portuguese 155) for a total of 58.275 copies of the Bulletin in 6 language editions.
In addition, documentation regarding the Synod of Bishops, was distributed to accredited journalists.
INFORMATION MADE AVAILABLE IN ELECTRONIC FORM
The temporary office of the Holy See Press Office, responsible for the publication and translation of the information of the Special Assembly for America of the Synod of Bishops, made available, in electronic form, all the information published, for a total of 1,455 files of 291 texts in 5 language versions (Italian, English, French, Castilian and Portuguese) and of 210 files for 35 Bulletins in 6 language versions (plurilingual, Italian, English, French, Castilian and Portuguese), to the Graphic Office of L’Osservatore Roman, to the SEDOC (Central Documentation Service) of Vatican Radio, and to the Editorial Office of Vatican Information Service.
In addition, this office has furnished the publication department of the Holy See Press Office with the Bulletin Synodus Episcoporum in the plurilingual editions, in electronic form, for on-line transmission through GEIS.
Moreover, for the first time, the office has handled the edition in HTLM and transmission on Internet of the Bulletin Synodus Episcoporum, in 6 language versions (plurilingual, Italian, English, French, Castilian and Portuguese), at the Holy See Internet address ( http://www.vatican.va). From 17 November to 12 December 1997, the Bulletin was consulted 83.962 times, for a daily average of 3.413 consultations.
For this Special Assembly for America of the Synod of Bishops, in addition to the 300 permanently accredited journalists, there were accredited 130 correspondents who especially came to Rome to cover the event. Of these there were 15 in the Italian language group, 48 in the English language group, 18 in the French language group, 49 in the Castilian - Portuguese language group; from Europe (32), from South America (32), from Central America (8), from North America (56), and from Asia (2).
The Management of the Holy See Press Office wishes to express their wholehearted gratitude to those that have so efficaciously collaborated, at every level, with their generosity and continuous availability, in services directly and indirectly connected with the successful providing of information concerning the Special Assembly for America of the Synod of Bishops.
Finally, we would like to thank the accredited journalists for their assiduous participation and in particular, those correspondents who came to Rome especially for covering the proceedings and outcome of the synodal activities.