Robert Mickens is a Rome-based journalist who has been reporting and commenting on the Vatican and the Catholic Church for the past three decades. He recently visited South Africa to talk about covering the Vatican and Papacy in the era of Pope Francis.

He is currently editor of La Croix International, an online English version of the eminent French Catholic daily La Croix. He was founding editor of Global Pulse Magazine, launched in 2014 by the Union of Catholic Asian News (UCAN) in collaboration with La Croix and Commonweal. He writes the popular “Letter from Rome” each week, which he produced for over a decade as Rome correspondent for the international Catholic paper, The Tablet. He also worked eleven years at Vatican Radio as a journalist, producer and on-air presenter. Robert has long been a Vatican-affairs analyst for the BBC in the United Kingdom, ABC in Australia and National Public Radio (NPR) in the United States, as well as an occasional columnist for National Catholic Reporter.

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Lecture at Holy Trinity in Braamfontein, Johannesburg

Lecture at Immaculate Conception in Rosebank, Johannesburg

Lecture at Christ the King in Queenswood, Pretoria

Video Lecture from Mr Robert Mickens’ visit to South Africa

Pictures from Mr Robert Mickens’ visit to South Africa

Pictures Copyright Jesuit Institute South Africa