Saints, sin­ners, gos­sips

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - BULLETIN -

the pa­tron saint of jour­nal­ists is St Fran­cis de Sales. This lit­er­ary saint seems to have blessed the lat­est pub­li­ca­tion from Italy – a tabloid called Mira­coli (mean­ing ‘mir­a­cles’) .The mag­a­zine, which comes out ev­ery Satur­day, fea­tures per­sonal sto­ries of mir­a­cles, sight­ings of Je­sus’ im­age and celebrity ac­counts of faith – Juli­ette Binoche, for in­stance, talk­ing about be­liev­ing in an­gels and speak­ing with them. There’s also a ‘Saints of the Week’ page, and a saint cen­tre­fold (once fea­tur­ing, ac­cord­ing to Vice, a mus­cu­lar and par­tially nude de­pic­tion of St John the Bap­tist). One won­der is the mag­a­zine’s circulation: while most print pub­li­ca­tions strug­gle, Mira­coli’s read­er­ship reached 120 000 within the first few months. De­spite the some­times-ripped com­pe­ti­tion, Mary re­mains the most loved saint, ac­cord­ing to Mira­coli edi­tor Daniele Urso. ‘Mary is a mother, a [piteous] char­ac­ter easy to re­late to for our read­ers, who are mostly women – wives and moth­ers,’ Urso says. ‘The saints are hu­man be­ings like us, and for that rea­son it is also easy to em­pathise with them. Je­sus and God are seen as en­ti­ties far from us, and God in par­tic­u­lar can be fright­en­ing at times.’

In other news from Italy, for­mer Prime Min­is­ter Silvio Ber­lus­coni has launched a new weekly mag­a­zine, Il Mio Papa. Pro­duced by pub­lish­ing house Mondadori – part of Ber­lus­coni’s busi­ness em­pire – which also prints a celebrity tabloid, the ti­tle is run by Ber­lus­coni’s daugh­ter Ma­rina. It is de­voted ex­clu­sively to news of the ac­tiv­i­ties and pro­nounce­ments of Pope Fran­cis.

From top Silvio Ber­lus­coni with daugh­ter Ma­rina; Il Mio Papa mag­a­zine, ded­i­cated to Pope Fran­cis; Mira­coli –a weekly mag­a­zine of hope.

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