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Behind the scenes of a papal press conference

At Crux, CNN’s Vatican correspondent Delia Gallagher lifted the lid on papal press conferences. The journalists are split into five language groups, Gallagher explained: Italian, English, French, Spanish and German. “Each group must agree on one or two questions for the Pope.”

Journalists debate which question to ask. In the English-speaking group, it’s the more Catholic-specific questions which get left behind – reporters want big headlines, so they ask about immigration or Donald Trump. “For several papal trips now, a question to the Pope on the ‘dubia’ has been proposed, referring to the critical questions posed to Francis by four cardinals about his document Amoris Laetitia.” Journalists are increasingly interested in the dubia, says Gallagher, but “so far” the “more liberal Catholics” in the press pack have blocked the question: they “think it’s a fringe issue”.

Meanwhile, secular journalists “fear that the topic would not make a big enough headline”.

What drives the young men filling seminaries?

At Cincinnati.com, Dan Horn visited a local seminary, Mount St Mary’s, which reflects a growing trend of rising numbers in US seminaries.

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