A good article I found in the New Zealand Herald it has much of the same information as the London Times and New York Times but i find that it is a happy medium between the two stories.
In comparison to the other articles it is probably the most successful at presenting the facts while masking the journalist’s presence. The article cites differing perspectives from the Pope, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Brazilian Health Minister Jose Gomes Temporao, Geraldo Majella- head of Brazil’s bishops’ council, and Catholic two followers. Though the article references so many perspectives it only uses direct quotes for four of them. However they are used well in creating tension in the story and are well balanced. They exhibit the opinions of those in positions of power. The main quote by the Pope leads
“I am well aware that the soul of this people, as of all Latin America, safeguards values that are radically Christian,” the Pope said in a speech on his arrival in Sao Paulo.
“This identity will be reinforced through the promotion of respect for life from the moment of conception until natural death as an integral requirement of human nature”.
And then presents an opposing view from the Brazilian Health Minister
Temporao fired back on Wednesday, saying he wanted women to join in the debate because although men made the laws, it was women who were suffering.
“Unfortunately, men don’t get pregnant. If they did, this question would already be resolved,” Temporao said.
The article then introduces a human interest element referencing Brazilian’s reactions to the Pope’s visit.
“It’s marvellous having the Pope in our country. I hope he can help convert thousands and thousands of young people,” said 76-year-old Estelita de Farias Oliveira, who had travelled from outside Sao Paulo to see him when he appeared on the Sao Bento Monastery balcony.
Musician Franco Pietro said he was hoping for a message of love and unity.
“The Church has lost a lot of strength in Brazil, it has lost it to the Evangelical churches and because it is very conservative we are hoping for a renewal of Catholicism that Benedict supports it,” he said.
In both cases the article references opposing viewpoints to achieve an objective interpretation. The diversity of perspectives results in a good overview; not only of the impact of the Pope’s comments, but also their place in Brazil’s current political and religious climates.