ANSA journalist breaks news of papal resignation
'My knees felt weak as I fought to keep my nerve' says Chirri12 February, 12:25
"(The news of) his resignation didn't seem real to me," she said. "I told myself 'you misunderstood'". When the announcement was repeated with the date of the pope's official resignation on February 28 at 20:00 local time, Chirri filed a bulletin with ANSA. It was eventually picked up by the rest of the international media. A devout Catholic with "great admiration" for Benedict, Chirri stressed how she has "always tried to keep her Christian faith separate from my role as a journalist". "I was upset that he was resigning," she said. "That's what made me cry".