Recognizable among a thousand, it is undoubtedly the most famous voice in the French-speaking world. For thirty years, Geneviève Delrue, press card number 50069, has been scrutinizing religious news to discuss it every Sunday on RFI. From the Pope’s journeys to the feminine spiritual heritage of Islam, these are the religions of the world that the journalist who today hangs up the microphone reports on.
Joining RFI in the 1980s, this geographer by training very quickly inherited the seven minutes of the religion section that nobody wants. Thirty years later, the show is a true journal of religions of some 48 minutes and 30 seconds. Thinking of the 60 million listeners scattered around the planet never ceases to impress: “Those who listen to me are expatriates, but also isolated religious communities, political or religious leaders…”
With a lively, slightly hoarse voice, the journalist remembers John Paul II’s travels to Jerusalem, the Baltic countries and even Cuba. But other faces also appear, the luminous gaze of Pierre Claverie, Archbishop of Oran, a year before his assassination, or Michael Lapsley, Anglican priest in South Africa, who lost his hands in an attack: “I was mesmerized by his iron hands. “” The heart of the job is the meeting, says Geneviève Delrue. I like to take the pulse of an expectation, of a hope…” On public service radio, all religions have broadcasting rights. The news was also about ethical questions, Islam confronted with Islamism, the complexity of Judaism, questions tackled with professional rigor often called upon by his colleagues. For five years, Geneviève Delrue had been president of the Association of Religious Information Journalists (Ajir).
Sunday, June 26 on the air, Geneviève Delrue will discuss thirty years of news with her guests. A listener will be very attentive: Véronique Gaymard, deputy head of the international service at RFI, who takes over. A new voice for the world’s religions.