Pope Benedict XVI will make papal broadcasting history on April 22 when
he takes part in a televised question and answer session. The
pre-recorded program, entitled “In His Image – A Good Friday Special,”
will be broadcast on the Italian station RAI Uno.
Out of all the queries submitted from around the world, several
people have been selected to ask the Pope a question. Among them is a
Muslim mother from the conflict-torn Ivory Coast in west Africa who
wants to know more about Jesus as a teacher of peace. There’s also a
question from seven Christian students from Baghdad, Iraq.
The RAI program website says viewers will also hear “questions from
an Italian mother whose son was in a coma for many years and a young
Japanese girl who wrote to ask the Pope to explain the cause of the
recent earthquake in that country.”
The television special is set to begin at 2:10 p.m. Rome time, so
that it is playing at 3:00 p.m., when Jesus is traditionally believed to
have taken his last breath.
The host of the show, Rosario Carello, says he hopes the program will
remind viewers of the significance of the day. “This sentiment has been
lost,” he said, suggesting that for most television stations Good
Friday has become “a day like any other for all the channels, there are
even quarrels, idle gossip and things like that.”