Pope benedict the XVI, becomes the first pontiff in history today when he will take part in a televised question and answer session.
The pre-recorded programme will show the pope answering pre-selected questions in the 80-minute programme.
The questions will focus mainly on Jesus and the Christian thinking behind world events.
According to the Catholic News Agency- CAN, those selected to put their questions to the pope include an Italian mother whose son was in a coma for many years and a young Japanese girl affected by the recent devastating earthquake and tsunami.
The Japanese girl wrote to the pope asking him to explian what caused the recent earthquake in Japan.
Others reportedly putting questions include seven Christian students in Iraq and a Muslim mother from the conflict-torn Ivory Coast asking about the role of Jesus in teaching peace.
The programme will be aired on the Italian RAI television channel at 1500, the moment Jesus is traditionally believed to have taken his last breath. This will be at 6:00pm east African time.
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