People sitting on chairs praying in a chapel with stained glass in the background.

Bossey students, faculty and friends gathered for prayer in the Ecumenical Institute chapel at Bossey on graduation day, January 2022.


Below, she reflects on some highlights from the visit.

What did you learn about the importance of good communication?

Carolina Zamorano: When we visited Vatican News, it was very interesting to hear how the Roman Catholic Church reflects on the need for communication, and the ways in which they want to use many types of media to speak about God's love and tenderness. Father Lucio told us that he thinks that every theologian is also a journalist, because we are telling the good news to the world.

In addition, it is impressive how Vatican News has a presence all around the globe, even when this can be very challenging to manage. They are very open in acknowledging that there is no exclusive way to transmit a message; this depends very much on the unique culture and context of every place. For me, this let me see very clearly how the concept of "inculturation" has a wide development within various areas in the Roman Catholic Church.

Group photo of some 30 people looking into the camera.

Bossey students and faculty together with WCC acting general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca meet with Pope Francis in Rome, January 2022.


What was your impression of the visit to the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls?

Carolina Zamorano: Every basilica that we visited had something interesting, and all of them are very beautiful. This one in particular is obviously very impressive for its history. The tradition says that the church is built over the tomb of St Paul, and there is a small access to see through a glass the excavation, as well as the chains that held him while he was prisoner in Rome.

I feel very lucky to have the opportunity of know these places, and very grateful to the Focolare community who provided us the guided visit.

Does this leave you wanting even more dialogue?

Carolina Zamorano: The schedule was very tight, and there was never enough time to talk about everything that we wanted to ask, because we were learning a lot of interesting things. But there were a few moments in which we found the chance to share. 

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