The Ten Commandments of Communications According to St. John Paul II

Paulina Guzik, Ph.D.

January 14, 2022

6:00 p.m.

The Saint John Paul II National Shrine


In 1978, when Karol Wojtyła became the pope, no one could imagine the Successor of Peter giving television interviews, taking a full plane of journalists on an apostolic trip, or hiring a layman as a spokesperson of the Vatican. These were all innovations that came with the pope from Poland. The main themes of Paulina Guzik's lecture are how the vision of a transparent and communicative Vatican came into life under John Paul II; how the Pope was using his communications skills; and why St. John Paul II wanted to professionalize the communications of Santa Sede. She also explains how JPII's legacy lasts today and how policies implemented by a pope elected 43 years ago can help the Vatican to communicate better even today.



The lecture was held in the auditorium of the Saint John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, D.C.

6:00 p.m. on Friday, January 14, 2022