Which Planet Are We On? — Boundaries in News Reporting of Religious Issues

Fossanova Abbey, Cistercian monastery, 100 km southeast of Rome

On a glorious Sunday morning last September, I swam in the Mediterranean, just 110 km from Rome. As I enjoyed the limpid waters and the glorious sunshine, my feeling was that I was definitely on planet Earth.

Back home, just 10 minutes away by car, I switched on the TV news. I was watching RAI News 24, which is a prestigious channel and…

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