In their place should come from new year’s to temporarily, the former Social Media coordinator of the Vatican’s communication Department, the Italian Alessandro Gisotti.

The Pope had accepted the resignation of the speaker, informed the Vatican on Monday. The message, the journalists and the employees of the Vatican media met completely unprepared. And it comes at a bad time: The Vatican is because of the abuse scandals in various countries currently under heavy criticism. Also the Pope himself is accused of not doing enough against pedophile clergy. In February, a summit on the topic of abuse with bishops from all over the world in the Vatican, and expectations are high.

“Paloma and I to the 1. January return”

As the official reason for the resignation, Burke called for a restructuring of the media Secretariat of the papal state. “Paloma and I to the 1. January back. We think it is the best that the Holy father is at this time of change in the Vatican’s communication completely free, a new Team,” tweeted Burke.

For a long time, the Vatican is still struggling with the restructuring of its complex communication Department, to bring the media to work on the amount of time.

“new year, new adventure”

The American Journalist Burke, Rome correspondent for US channel Fox, and the Spanish journalist García Ovejero were two and a half years as the right candidate to make the press work of international and modern. After all, García Ovejero, was the first woman on an influential Post in the Vatican. And Burke was the first Anglo-Saxon to the chair of the press spokesman. The dismissed journalists with a “new year, new adventure” at a loss in the year 2019.

Now it’s the Italians re-fill the senior positions in the Vatican media. Only recently, the Vatican’s leading Offices had to be occupied in the communication Department. Editor-in-chief of all media of the papal state, the Italian Journalist and Pope Francis-friend Andrea Tornielli, who had reported for the newspaper “La Stampa” for years, the Vatican is now. That it could be the voltages between the previous speakers and in him, was not known.


the Director of The communications office, Paolo Ruffini, as an “Autonomous and free choice” of the two previous speakers. It is a “difficult way now”, the important media reform to implement. He is the first since the summer on his Post.

A Herculean task is now to get on the new interim speaker. The Romans Gisotti has worked for Vatican Radio and also a member of the editorial was the Manager there. The 44-year-old studied political scientists spoke of a “particularly challenging task,” waiting on him.

The Pope loves free speech

For Francis, to speak, is in fact, not a Light: The Pope loves the freedom of speech and the press office needs to iron out communication ranges. The Vatican is like also Often a grapevine, which seems to get it hard in the handle.

The first test will be that the abuse summit at the end of February, which will be referred to as “historic”. The international media onslaught, and the expectations will be huge – and are at least as huge challenge for the new media team will be.

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