IN HISTORIC FIRST, VATICAN EMPLOYEES READ GREETINGS AT GENERAL AUDIENCE
It is indeed a New Year at the Vatican!
A brief statement to the media from the Holy See Press Office this morning announced that, “as of today, Wednesday 5 January, men and women, religious and lay employees of several Dicasteries of the Roman Curia, will be present at the General Audience for the reading of the greetings in various languages.”
In fact, in a first for the Vatican, Christopher Wells of Vatican radio and news services, today read the English introductory remarks, summary of the papal catechesis and papal greetings to English speakers, and Sr. Andrea Lorena Chacon, M.E.N., from the Spanish section of the Secretariat of State, read the introductory remarks in Spanish. However, Pope Francis read the catechesis summary and language greetings in his native Spanish.