Saints, sinners, gossips
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.