A new international Catholic news agency is born:
An interview with Alberto Ramírez, CEO. Exaudi’s objectives:
- to reinforce unity with the Pope,
- and to fill the information gap left by the suspension of Zenit.
15 April 2021
A new international Catholic news agency was formed in February 2021. Its name is “Exaudi” and consists of three sections corresponding to the three languages in which the news are published: Spanish, English and Italian. On its web page, www.exaudi.org, it states that it is “a voice that provides information about the life and activities of the Pope and the Church”, destined to “shed light on current topics and different realities that affect man’s life in the world through information, opinions and analyses.”
On the page it sustains its apostolic character: “Exaudi’s aim is the evangelization of the world. It is born to strengthen the Church’s unity with the Pope”. It also mentions that it “is promoted by a group of Catholic businessmen convinced of the necessity to evangelize the world.”
Exaudi’s values are based on “Christian humanism”, “fidelity to the Pope and to the Magisterium of the Church” providing its “professional, rigorous and missionary journalism” as service to both of them.
The language coordinators are Larissa López for the Spanish section, Andrea Acali for the Italian section and Deborah Castellano Lubov for the English section.
Schoenstatt International interviewed Exaudi’s CEO, Alberto Ramírez:
Why was Exaudi created?
Last December we had to leave Zenit due to economic issues, since it lacked the resources to continue and because of this, Zenit’s proprietors decided to suspend the English, Spanish and Italian services and dismissed all of us. We received so many messages from our readers and subscribers that, with the support of several businessmen, we decided to start a new news agency with the whole team that had left Zenit: journalists, translators, and myself. We had three objectives: reinforce Catholics’ unity with the Pope, evangelization, and recover the information hole left by Zenit’s absence.
Why was it given the name Exaudi?
Exaudi means to listen, and that is what we want our readers to do. In these difficult times in which we have so much to do, we must make time to listen to what He want to tell us. We encourage our readers to listen, understand/comprehend, and discern.
Exaudi gives rigorous information, without hearsay or criticism. We strive to remain faithful to the events and to the life and activities of the Pope and the Church.
What kind of relationship do you keep with Zenit owners?
The owners of Zenit are the Legionaries of Christ Congregation, and my relationship with them is very good. While I was their agency’s CEO, from February 2011 to December 2020, they gave me their full support in my mission. I am extremely grateful to them. Zenit is a great work that has done and may continue to do a lot of good.
Sustaining an international news agency with professionalism is not easy and is quite expensive. How do you subsist?
Exaudi has three income sources: a fundraising campaign through our readers, sponsors, and the agency’s proprietors. We believe that an agency like ours should involve, attract, and get the support from everyone who approaches it. For anyone interested in forming part of the agency, I will be at their disposal at my personal email address firstname.lastname@example.org. We think there is a huge void for our agency to fill within the communication field.
Exaudi not only wants to inform, but it wants to help Catholics with testimonies through its interview section; in the voices section we present the explanations of relevant and discerning personalities on important topics. They are not personal opinions, but rather reflections for Catholics, taking as a reference what the Pope and Magisterium of the Church have said.
In the analysis section we bring to our readers research work, questions and issues that do not require interpretation and need to be explained in order to make them known. The purpose is to help Catholics in their family, friendship, and professional environments to explain why things are the way they are. Issues such as euthanasia, social justice, vaccination as a contribution to the common good, rediscovering confession, and many other topics. We hope you like them; we are at your disposal and look forward to your contributions and comments at email@example.com.
Can you define the Pope in a few words?
He is a man of God, courageous in difficult times. He knows how to talk about common topics in a new and relatable way. He is sensible to today’s problems, without leaving anything pending. A wonderful pastor.
What would you tell the Pope if you met with him again?
To keep making demands on us Catholics since the Church is not only his, but our responsibility as well. We must become one with the Pope and show society that we are faithful to the Pope and to the Church. I would tell him that he can count on us and that we pray for him every day.
Can you define today’s Church in a few words?
An institution upheld by men who make mistakes, enlightened by the Holy Spirit, with the best message there is, the word of Christ, and that we are here to serve others. That, in spite of difficulties and adversities, our Mother takes care of us and guides us. All Catholics should be as loyal as we are demanding in doing good. We are all called to holiness.
What do you expect from the Church in the following years?
First, for the Church to be united. As Archbishop José Gómez (archbishop of Los Angeles and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops) said in a recent interview for Exaudi, “Unity does not mean that we do not have differences. But it does mean that we understand our differences in light of what unites us. And what unites us is that we are children of God’’.
The Church must not remain in mere words, but rather in action. Pope Francis said it quite clearly, “I want a Church that is ready to go”.
What do you expect from Exaudi?
For us to be able to help our readers in their lives. For us to awaken in them the desire to be better persons in the Christian vocation for the good of humanity. For us to unite the Church with the Pope and to return the world towards Christ again. For Exaudi to join the good media sources available today.
It’s possible to subscribe to Exaudi’s daily or weekly bulletin on its website: www.exaudi.org.
Translation: Maribel Acaron