Born on April 30, 1924 in Montpellier, the journalist worked for more than 50 years as a reporter on the Catholic Church. From 1949-1951 for the daily newspaper La Croix, then to 2000 for Paris Match. As such, he reported on the Second Vatican Council. From 1969-1972 he was also an employee of French television and RTL 1972-1979.
The Vatican expert accompanied the pontificates of five popes Pius XII. to John Paul II.
He became famous in 1952: As the first reporter to haveaccess to the private residence of the Pope in the Vatican, together with the photographer Pierre Vals.
Fatima and a photo reportage on the private apartment of Pope Pius XII.
Serrous name is connected primarily with Fatima because of a photo reportage. He reported on the papal apartment for Paris Match, to which he again received entree on 14 May 1957. His report was not published until eighteen months later. Here also is the photo shown that was published.
In the private apartment of Pius XII., Serrou was accompanied by Mother Pascalina Lehnert. Lehnert belonged to the Order of the Sisters of the Holy Cross with the head office in Switzerland Menzingen. In 1918, she was sent by her order to accompany the apostolic nuncio to Bavaria, Archbishop Eugenio Pacelli, the future Pope Pius XII. She served him for 40 years until his death. From 1939-1958 she led the papal household with other Sisters.
Serrou asked Mother Pascalina what was in the safe, which can be seen in the photo, she replied:
"The Third Secret of Fatima is in there."
The whole story of course had a history and a subsequent history. However, these small details should suffice as a reference.
Serrou was the author of numerous books on religious, ecclesial and current issues. His special attention was paid to the life of the monks, which fascinated him. To them he devoted, among others, his first, 1955 published book "Au désert de Chartreuse, la vie solitaire of fils deSaint Bruno" (The Desert of Charterhouse. The lonely way of the Sons of Saint Bruno). His last book was published in 2006:. "Dieu, Jésus et les autres, petit dictionnaire de rattrapage pour savoir qui est qui, qui fait quoi et pourquoi" (God, Jesus and the others, Little dictionary reference to know who is who, who does what and why).
Robert Serrou had four children, nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren with his wife Marie. A Requiem will be celebrated in the Paris church of Saint Medard.
Requiescat in pace.
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