National Geographic shutterbug recalls photographing Pope Francis

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December 29, 2015

Participants in a National Geographic Live discussion in early September on "Pope Francis and the New Vatican" include writer Robert Draper and photographer Dave Yoder, who produced a National Geographic cover story and related book on Pope Francis; Washington Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl; and Susan Goldberg, the editor in chief of National Geographic. (CNS photo/Jaclyn Lippelmann, Catholic Standard) See POPE-PHOTOGRAPHER Dec. 28, 2015.

Participants in a National Geographic Live discussion in early September on “Pope Francis and the New Vatican” include writer Robert Draper and photographer Dave Yoder, who produced a National Geographic cover story and related book on Pope Francis; Washington Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl; and Susan Goldberg, the editor in chief of National Geographic. (CNS photo/Jaclyn Lippelmann, Catholic Standard)

WASHINGTON (CNS) — A year ago on Christmas Day, National Geographic photographer Dave Yoder got an unexpected Christmas gift that he will never forget.

Over a six-month period, he had taken tens of thousands of photos for a planned cover story on Pope Francis for his magazine. But while he had taken many powerful photos, he was still searching for a cover photo, a single, striking image that would reflect this pope and his special role in today’s world.

Along the way, he had gained unprecedented access to the pope and the Vatican, after he befriended the photographers from L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican’s newspaper, who offered him help and guidance. “I made sure not to get in the way!” Yoder said.

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