- Sembra talvolta che vi sia una tale urgenza nel voler fare le cose, che non si possa attendere neanche un po' per saperne di più su quello che si vuol fare.
- Un lavoro ben fatto e ben ultimato è così sempre una conquista collettiva, con una relativa indipendenza - sia ben chiaro, soltanto relativa - dai risultati raggiunti.
JOAQUÍN NAVARRO-VALLS, A passo d'uomo, Mondadori, Milano 2009.
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Dr. Joaquín Navarro-Valls
Born in Cartagena, Spain on November 16, 1936.
Following his studies at the “Deutsche Schule”, he then studied Medicine at the Universities of Granada and Barcellona, and journalism at the Faculty of Sciences of Communication, University of Navarra. He also received an “International Seminar” scholarship from Harvard University, U.S.A.
Graduated “summa cum laude” in Medicine and Surgery in 1961 and took courses for a doctorate in Psychiatry in “Trastornos psiquiátricos en los traumas craneales”. In addition, he taught at the Faculty of Medicine. In 1968, received a degree in Journalism and in Sciences of Communication in 1980.
Founding member and Vice-Director of the journal DIAGONAL (1964). Was Foreign Correspondent for NUESTRO TIEMPO. From 1977 to 1984, he was Foreign Correspondent for the daily newspaper of Madrid ABC covering Italy and the Eastern Mediterranean (Egypt, Greece, Israel, Algiers, Turkey), and Special Envoy to equatorial Africa, Japan, and the Philippines.
Member of the Board of Directors (1979) and then elected President of the Foreign Press Association in Italy (1983 and 1984).
Since 1984 until 2006 has been Director of the Holy See Press Office.
From 1996 until 2001, he also served as President of the Administration Board of the “Maruzza Lefebvre d’Ovidio” Foundation for terminally ill cancer patients.
Member of the Holy See Delegation to the international conferences of the United Nations in Cairo (1994), Copenhagen (1995), Beijing (1995) and Istanbul (1996).
Participated in national and international conferences on Psychiatry as speaker and in many conferences on Journalism and the Technique of Communication.
Since 1996 is a visiting professor at the Faculty of Institutional Social Communications of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome.
Since December 2009 has been President of the Telecom Italia Foundation
Since January 2007 is President of the Advisory Board, University Campus Bio-Medico of Rome, Italy.