Appointment of Jack Valero as spokesman for the Beatification of Cardinal Newman during the Pope's trip to the United Kingdom

Jack Valero, who is in charge of the information office of the Prelature of Opus Dei in Great Britain, was named by the Bishop’s Conference of England and Wales as spokesman for the Beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman, celebrated by the Holy Father, Benedict XVI, on September 19 in Cofton Park, Birmingham, before some 70,000 people.

In an interview on September 23, Valero spoke about the preparation for the Pope’s visit from the point of view of communication concerns and how the group called Catholic Voices came about, in order to respond to the demand for information from journalists, and of which he was one of the founders. “I think that in the future,” he said, “the Church will be able to make its message reach much further if training courses are organized for lay people who have a knack for communicating. One might say that we have to discover the vocation of communicator in the Church.”

Romana, n. 51, January-January 2010, p. 377.

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