New Camera Angles For Papal General Audiences?

I went to RomeReports yesterday to watch Pope Francis’ Wednesday General Audience.  The video is nearly an hour.  It begins as usual with the pope circulating through the gathered crowd, stopping periodically to kiss a child held up to him, trying on skull caps handed to him, waving and I assume blessing people.

As I watched, it occurred to me that at times it appears that a large crowd is with him that day.  Then at other times, it appears that those along the route are four or five deep and none behind them.  I realized it was not easy to see whether the crowd was large, although I had the impression that it could have been.

Then, I realized what was happening.  Most of the video are close-ups of the pope and the people gathered.  Farther shots are also failing to give a clear picture of the numbers present.  The video was taken from the middle and side, or from the rear from the side but not showing the whole plaza.  It was rare to see a view from the front looking out over the crowd.  In the few images from that angle, which did not last very long, people can be seen walking back and forth in the rear of the plaza as the pope speaks.  While it is difficult to say for sure, it does appear that more people were there than for Ash Wednesday where he managed a bit more than 9,000.

I have noted previously that the crowds seem to be more sparse for the General Audiences than earlier in his pontificate, and I have referred readers to the video feed from RomeReports.  Other blogs have also noted this falling off phenomena, such as the Call Me Jorge and Rorate Coeli.

Apparently, whoever is responsible for the television video has taken measures it seems to me to help the pope by changing the angles, using mostly close-ups shots and showing very brief longer view shots.  I cannot say that this is the doing of RomeReports because it appears that the same video is found at Catholictv.org.  Are these Vatican employees who make an official Vatican video that is shared with the media?

Like elsewhere in the life of the Church today, the Church media has become like the secular.  No longer committed to bringing the story as it is, it now works to create the fantasy they would have us believe and to obscure what is really happening.

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Pope Francis, center, back to the camera, waves as faithful hold up a banner in Italian reading: ” I prefer Heaven ” as the pontiff arrives for his weekly general audience, in St. Peter’s Square, at the Vatican, Wednesday, April 22, 2015. (L’Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)

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8 comments on “New Camera Angles For Papal General Audiences?
  1. stevephoenix72 says:

    I had not had the occasion to share this fact with you and your readers, Steve e.: but, recently, a “New Church” (my phraseology) religious sister returned from a visit to Rome at Easter: she and her congregation are very pro-Bergoglio, and she commented that she had attended one of the Easter papal general audiences.

    She also commented how sad it was that people seemed not to be supporting Pope Francis: she added that she and others who went to attend the audience on her particular day were actually paid, I repeat, paid, to attend the audience. I was so astounded that I didn’t think quickly enough at the time to ask how many Euros–just as well, because I didn’t want to seem too interested. I said it was indeed sad to hear.

    Now, those who know Rome also know that very often, esp. under P. John Paul II and P. Benedict XVI that tickets were needed in advance for certain occasions—but they were free, and obtained either from one of the religious orders or congregations, if you knew whom to ask, or usually from the Vatican office at the Port of the Clock. No one, ever, received payment for attending!

    So, even the Bergoglio-istas are aware of the lens image of unpopularity.
    It is really bad.

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    • steveesq says:

      Apparently they’re not paying enough. I guess that also explains the need for homeless haircuts and showers: beefing up the crowds!

      The parallels to the commie autocrats are more and more apparent.

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      • S. Armaticus says:

        On my end, I have heard from at least two priests in Poland that they are having a hard time getting any parishioners interested in going to Rome. And this was during the 10th anniversary of JPII passing. I also heard the same is true for some of the Italian dioceses, hence the poor showings at Lent and Easter.

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      • steveesq says:

        What a difference a decade has made. Or even three years. Five years ago, to go to Rome for an audience with the pope was a desirable trip. Now it has all the appeal as lunch with obama. I’d rather go watch a bullfrog jumping contest.

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  2. Cinderella01 says:

    You should use the Vatican-Webcams to get the real pic from St. Peters square
    http://www.vaticanstate.va/content/vaticanstate/it/monumenti/webcam/basilica-di-s-pietro-.html
    The Camera from St. Peters to the square seems to be under construction, but the others deliver actual pictures

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  3. S. Armaticus says:

    Reblogged this on The Deus Ex Machina Blog and commented:
    FOR THE RECORD.

    Ed. Note: This blog has tracked attendance information pertaining to numbers of people coming to see Francis, whether they were pedestrians during his Strasbourg visit or pilgrims attending the General Audiences and coming out for feast days in St. Peter’s Square. To this information, I need to add this one FOR THE RECORD. What I find even more interesting is a comment submitted by stevephoenix72. I will reproduce it here at the top of this re-blog and WITHOUT COMMENT:

    stevephoenix72 says:
    April 24, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    I had not had the occasion to share this fact with you and your readers, Steve e.: but, recently, a “New Church” (my phraseology) religious sister returned from a visit to Rome at Easter: she and her congregation are very pro-Bergoglio, and she commented that she had attended one of the Easter papal general audiences.

    She also commented how sad it was that people seemed not to be supporting Pope Francis: she added that she and others who went to attend the audience on her particular day were actually paid, I repeat, paid, to attend the audience. I was so astounded that I didn’t think quickly enough at the time to ask how many Euros–just as well, because I didn’t want to seem too interested. I said it was indeed sad to hear.

    Now, those who know Rome also know that very often, esp. under P. John Paul II and P. Benedict XVI that tickets were needed in advance for certain occasions—but they were free, and obtained either from one of the religious orders or congregations, if you knew whom to ask, or usually from the Vatican office at the Port of the Clock. No one, ever, received payment for attending!

    So, even the Bergoglio-istas are aware of the lens image of unpopularity.

    It is really bad.

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  4. […] add this post from the excellent blog EX MAGNA SILENTIUM or EX MAGNO SILENTIO FOR THE RECORD. (see here) What I find even more interesting is a comment submitted by stevephoenix72. I will reproduce it […]

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