News in Italy: Pontiff to appear on Italian television show.
Pope Francis is to be a guest of Che tempo che fa, the popular Italian television chat show presented by Fabio Fazio, on Sunday 6 February.
The news was announced on social media by the TV programme which will air on state broadcaster RAI 3 at 20.00.
Fazio wrote on Twitter: "With deep emotion and with immense joy, we announce that on Sunday His Holiness Pope Francis will be on Che tempo che fa".
Con profonda emozione e con immensa gioia, annunciamo che domenica Sua Santità Papa Francesco sarà a @chetempochefa pic.twitter.com/h9IJNzV2hi— Fabio Fazio (@fabfazio) February 3, 2022
Although rare, it is not the first time that a pope has participated in an Italian TV talk show, reports Italian newspaper La Repubblica.
On 13 October 1998, John Paul II spoke live by telephone during an episode of Porta a Porta dedicated to the 20 years of his pontificate, to say "thank you", taking the show's conductor Bruno Vespa by surprise.
Sua Santità Papa Francesco domenica a #CTCF. pic.twitter.com/Bhydm1N1yF— Che Tempo Che Fa (@chetempochefa) February 3, 2022