LISA BILLING Born in Vienna, Austria, Lisa Palmieri-Billig grew up in New York City. She is AJC's Representative in Italy and Liaison to the Holy See.
In addition to her AJC work, Lisa is also a journalist. She has been the Rome and Vatican correspondent for The Jerusalem Post for many years, and writes free-lance for both English language and Italian newspapers and periodicals. She is an accredited member of the Holy See Press Room as well as of the Foreign Press Association of Rome.
Lisa has written many articles on the papacies of John Paul II and Benedict XVI plus political analyses of the Italian and international scene. Her essays on “Europe, the Jews and Israel”, and “Media and the Middle East” (in Italian) were published by Diritto e Libertà. Other articles and interviews appeared in L’Occidentale, Il Fatto Quotidiano, L’Opinione, Cittanuova, and Shalom.
In 1990, Lisa was the first Jewish journalist to personally interview the future Pope Benedict XVI when he was still Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Prefect of the Pontifical Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The interview, “Jews and Judaism in the Universal Catechism” was published simultaneously in Studi Cattolici (in Italian) and Midstream (in English). Her interviews with I.B. Singer, Norman Podhoretz, Elie Wiesel and Alfred Kazin appeared in a monograph on Isaac Bashevis Singer written by Franco Palmieri.