A media network from Iraq is credentialed to cover the Pope In Philly. Same with one from Israel, one from Slovakia and several from Vietnam. Our city should be flooded with international media over the next few days. At least 116 different media companies from countries outside of the United States have credentials to be here for Pope Francis’ visit.

Here’s a look at some highlights from the international and domestic press covering the visit, as well as a list of the international publications covering Pope Francis’ visit, via the World Meeting of Families and Philadelphia Archdiocese.

Media publications breakdown by continent:

  • Africa: 3
  • Asia: 18
  • Australia: 4
  • Europe: 56
  • North America (not including the U.S.): 10
  • South America: 25

Most surprising countries with a media presence: That would have to be Iraq’s Alhurra. It’s a national TV news station, not unlike CNN. Turkey’s state-run media agency the Anadolu is up there, too, and Cameroon and Nigeria are the lone two African countries with credentialed media (a third network represents the region of Central Africa).

Countries with the most credentialed media outlets: Germany takes the cake, with 12 media outlets credentialed for Francis in Philly, ranging from major national publications like Der Spiegel to local outlets in Berlin and Dusseldorf. Italy, home to the Vatican, has 10 media outlets covering this event. Colombia comes in as a relatively surprising third place with eight. Brazil is just behind with seven.

The hot-take international publication: Look no further than Il Foglio Quotidiano, which seems to be Italy’s version of SalonDaily Beast or Slate. It abounds with takes. This morning, minutes after Pope Francis’ address to Congress, the publication already had a take called “Seen This Movie Before,” decrying Francis for giving the same public messages while keeping quiet his feelings on social issues like abortion that might not resonate as strongly with liberal Catholics.

The big-boy international newspapers: France’s Le Monde, Spain’s El Pais and Japan’s Asahi Shimbun are here. The Shimbun in 2014 had a circulation of 7.3 million (more than five times the circulation of the New York Times).

Best international celeb publication: La Revista Actual, in Colombia, has a Twitter account full of stories about One Direction, as well as Latin music acts and the Latin American premiere of “Minority Report.” Their pope coverage should be interesting.

Smallest publications: There’s no way to gauge size with perfect accuracy, but there appear to be some really small media outlets — domestic and international — covering this event. The Emmitsburg News Journal is based in a Virginia town with a population of 2,800. The Sooner Catholic News, which has credentials, is the religious newspaper for the archdiocese of Oklahoma City. Plenty of religious publications are here, including a weekly newspaper from as far away as Poland, called the Tygodnik Powszechny.

Did someone get credentialed for a personal blog?: It appears that might be the case. A news organization called ThisAintTheLyceum.org has credentials. It describes itself on Facebook as “Where classical homeschooling meets real life.”

The list of international outlets


Bakolo States Media: Central Africa

Leffort Camerounais: Cameroon

Nigerian Television Authority: Nigeria

European media 

1+1 News: Ukraine

Aci Stampa: Vatican/Italy

Agence France Presse: France

Anadolu Agency: The state-run media of Turkey

ARD German Television and Radio: Germany

Bayerischer Rundfunk: Munich, Germany

Berliner Zeitung: Berlin, Germany

Croatian Radio Television: Zagreb, Croatia

Czech Radio: Czech Republic

Czech TV News: Czech Republic

Deutsche Welle: Germany

Die Presse: Austria

Die Tagespost: Catholic news agency for German speaking countries

DPA German Press Agency: Germany

El Correo: Biscay, Spain

El Pais: Spain’s top newspaper

El Periodico: Barcelona, Spain

France 2: France

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung: Frankfurt, Germany

Funke Mediengruppe: Germany

Il Foglio Quotidiano: Italy

Il Regno: Italy

La Razon: Madrid, Spain

La Repubblica: Italy

La Stampa: Turin, Italy

La Vanguardia: Barcelona

Le Figaro: France

Le Monde: France

L’Espresso: Italy

N24: Germany

ORF Austrian Radio and TV: Austria

Paris Match: Paris, France

Pelerin: France

Polish Radio: Poland

Polska Agencja Prasowa: Poland

Public Television Slovakia: Slovakia

Radio France Internationale: France

Rai News 24: Italy

RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana: Italy

Revista Mision: Spain

Rheinische Post: Dusseldorf, Germany

RSI Switzerland: Switzerland

RTE, Irish TV and Radio: Ireland

Spiegel Online: Germany

SRF Switzerland: Switzerland

Süddeutsche Zeitung German National Daily: Germany

Swiss Radio and Television SRF: Switzerland

Telewizja Polska S.A.: Poland

The Ukrainian Weekly: Ukraine

Tribune de Genève & 24 Heures: Switzerland

TV2 Denmark: Denmark

TV3 Television of Catalonia: Spain

Tygodnik Powszechny: Poland

Vatican Radio: Italy

Vatican Secretariat of State: Italy

ZDF German TV: Germany

North America

Aboriginal People’s Television Network: Manitoba, Canada

Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops: Canada

El Nuevo Dia: Puerto Rico

Groupe TVA: Canada

Jesus Marie et Notre Temps: Montreal, Canada

Noticias de Querétaro: Mexico

Notimex: Mexico

Periodico El Visitante de Puerto Rico: Puerto Rico

Periodico Hoy: Dominican Republic

TV Azteca: Mexico

South America

Canal 10 Mar del Plata: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Caracol Radio: Bogota, Colombia

Clarin: Buenos Aires, Argentina

CNBB Sul 3: Brazil

Diario ABC Color: Paraguay

Ecuador TV: Ecuador

El Tiempo: Colombia

El Universal: Venezuela

Globo TV: Brazil

La Nacion: Argentina

La Revista Actual: Colombia

Noticias Caracol: Colombia

NTN24: Colombia

O Estado de S.Paulo: Brazil

O Globo: Brazil

OMP de Colombia: Colombia

Radio e Televisão de Portugal: Portugal

Red Mas Noticias: Colombia

Rede TV: Brazil

SBT / Brazilian TV Network: Brazil

Siete 24: Colombia

Teleamazonas: Ecuador

Televisa: Venezuela

TV Bandeirantes: Brazil

Televisão Independente: Portugal


Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Channel 9 Australia

Seven Network Australia

Television New Zealand

Middle East 

Channel 10 Israel: Israel


China News Service: Chinese state-owned news agency

Hong Kong Phoenix Satellite Television: Hong Kong

Korean Broadcasting System: South Korea

Korean Catholic Broadcasting: South Korea

Kyunghyang Daily News: Seoul, South Korea

Mainichi Shimbun: Japan

MBN/Alhurra: Iraq

Nguoi Viet Daily News: Vietnam

Saigon Broadcasting Television Network: Vietnam

Sankei Shimbun: Japan

SBS (Seoul Broadcasting System, Inc.): South Korea

The Asahi Shimbun: Japan

The Hankyoreh: South Korea

The Mainichi Newspapers Co.: Japan

Tokyo Broadcasting Corporation: Japan

Vietnamese Public Television: Vietnam

Yonhap News Agency: South Korea

Mark Dent is a reporter/curator at BillyPenn. He previously worked for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, where he covered the Jerry Sandusky scandal, Penn State football and the Penn State administration. His...