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Pauline Prize 2019

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To celebrate the 53rd World Communications Day, an encounter was held in Rome to reflect on the theme of the Day: We are members one of another. From social network communities to the human community. Like every year, the event was organized by the Social Communications Office of the Diocese of Rome and the Pauline Communication and Culture Association. The meeting opened with a welcome by Fr. Ivan Maffeis, Director of the National Office for Social Communications of the Italian Bishops’ Conference, and was followed by talks by Paolo Ruffini, Prefect of the Holy See’s Dicastery for Communications; Marcello Luigi Foa, President of RAI (Italy’s national public broadcasting company); Aldo Cazzullo, a reporter for Corriere della Sera (Italy’s most-read daily newspaper), and Fr. Walter Insero, Director of the Social Communications Office of the Diocese of Rome.

In this context, the Pauline Prize 2019 was awarded to Monsignor Marco Frisina, a composer and choir/orchestra director. The reason for this choice was “to offer public recognition to an artist who has dedicated his extraordinary talent to creating music that unites life and spirituality, encourages encounter with the Lord, and promotes the human community as an environment that manifests the communion which marks our identity as believers.”

The event was enriched by Rome’s Diocesan Choir, founded by Monsignor Frisina in 1984, which performed some of the author’s pieces.

The Pauline Prize, now in its 13th edition, is awarded annually to persons or associations that clearly express the Pope’s Message for World Communications Day by means of their life, work or activities.