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Monday 21 April 2014

Michael's Papal audience on Vatican radio waves

Irishman Michael  Gannon who has Down Syndrome is the first-ever student intern employed by Vatican Radio. He is pictured alongside his father Michael and mother May meeting Pope Francis. See story from Eilish O'Regan 24/1/2014.
Irishman Michael Gannon who has Down Syndrome is the first-ever student intern employed by Vatican Radio. He is pictured alongside his father Michael and mother May meeting Pope Francis.

A YOUNG Irishman has spent the past two weeks grilling senior religious officials and chatting with the Pope on an historic Vatican internship.

Michael Gannon (33), from Newbridge in Co Kildare, yesterday completed a two-week long internship with Vatican Radio in Rome – the first such internship in the station's history.

Michael secured the work experience placement through his work as an ambassador with Down Syndrome Ireland and the media student counted conducting four interviews with senior Vatican officials and attending a Serie A football match as his highlights.

But meeting Pope Francis was the standout moment and, as Michael explained, he had an important message for the Holy Father.

"I told him 'thank you very much for what you have done'."

Michael says he is now more determined than ever to pursue a career in journalism.

Irish Independent

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