Rosica ’80 Continues Work with Pope Francis
It has been a year since Pope Francis was named Pope, and what some now call “The Francis Effect” has changed the way Catholics and others see the world. One of St. John Fisher College’s own alumni has been by his side every step of the way.
The Rev. Thomas Rosica ’80 recently added another title to his résumé. He is currently the CEO of Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation and Television Network and President and Vice Chancellor of Assumption University, both in Canada. However, after being appointed to serve as the assistant to Fr. Frederico Lombardi, SJ, Papal spokesperson and Head of the Holy See Press Office and Vatican Radio during the Papal transition, the office has asked him to remain in the position working with English language media.
Rosica stays extremely busy developing relationships with worldwide media, and coordinating media interviews for the Pope. What began with a small daily bulletin mailing list during the Papal transition has now mushroomed into a daily bulletin sent to nearly 500 media personnel from television, radio, and print media in the English speaking world. Official Vatican announcements and statements are included in the bulletin, along with some explanatory notes and background information prepared by Rosica each day.
“It is another way to keep the world informed about Pope Francis and the Vatican. It has been very exciting, often thrilling, time-consuming work that is bearing much fruit,” he said.
Rosica has also been asked to serve as a commentator on various Vatican topics on the major networks and papers throughout the English-speaking world.
In an opinion piece published around Christmastime on CNN.com, Rosica talked about how people became “easily fixated on lots of eye-catching, buzz-causing externals and great photo opportunities: A Pope who abandoned the red shoes—that were never an official part of the papal wardrobe! A Pope who dresses modestly, pays his own lodging bills, drives around Vatican City in a Ford Focus, calls many people on the phone, brings jam sandwiches to on-duty Swiss Guards at his door, and invites street people to his birthday breakfast.”
And when TIME Magazine named Pope Francis as the “Person of the Year,” the Holy See Press Office—who knew that he was being considered—learned when the rest of the world did.
“Pope Francis has been a real source of energy, hope, and new life. He doesn't always play by the rules, and his welcome, unpredictable ways have kept us all alert and the world listening and watching,” said Rosica. “More than anyone in my lifetime, Pope Francis has given me a powerful glimpse into the mind and heart of God.”