Former Vatican spokesperson speaks in Rochester
Posted at: 04/13/2013 5:26 PM
| Updated at: 04/13/2013 11:01 PM
By: Joangel Concepcion | WHEC.com
A Rochester native recently served as a spokesperson for the Vatican and on Saturday he was visiting his hometown.
Reverend Thomas Rosica was at Saint Ambrose Church in Rochester sharing his story. During the papal transition, he was responsible for working with the English and French media.
Reverend Rosica tells News10NBC he was called to Rome the day after Pope Benedict's resignation. He says he knew it was big news and would be a historic moment, but he had no idea the magnitude of it all.
During his time in Rome, Reverend Rosica did more than 160 interviews with major television networks, newspapers and radio stations, including NBC News.
"We had over 6,000 journalist depending on us each day," says Reverend Rosica. "And it was a real privilege to work with them."
He also says the amount of interest and respect from journalist really amazed him. Reverend Rosica says the moment captivated the hearts and minds of the world, including those who wanted to tell the story. He says it was the perfect opportunity for the church to help tell its story , one that will certainly go down in history.
"The media strategy that was going to be used was to open the gates," says Reverend Rosica. "Rather than put up obstacles, to invite people in and to let them be part of history in the making. We had no playbook for this. We had no notes on how to talk about a resigned Pope. There was so many new things that were taking place and we decided to use every single moment as a teaching moment."
Reverend Rosica currently serves as a priest in Canada, but when he was young, Saint Ambrose on Empire Boulevard was his home parish. He also graduated from Saint John Fisher College.