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My guest this week on Vatican Insider is a dear friend and my successor as EWTN’s Rome bureau chief, Alan Holdren. Part I of our conversation, which took place in my office, the very first EWTN Rome headquarters, airs this weekend and you’ll hear Alan tell us how he came to be with EWTN, his Rome years and the highlights of his tenure – papal trips, a conclave, canonizations and the biggest highlight of all, raising a beautiful family.

Alan was able to visit both Pope emeritus Benedict and Pope Francis with his family before they left Rome. He is returning to the United States and also tells us about that.

From left right in this photo: Joan, Alan and the new Rome bureau chief Andreas Thonhauser from Germany. Andreas is scheduled to arrive in August with his wife and family.

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