Dicastery for Communication

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Dicastery for Communications
Dicasteria pro communicatione
Established 29 June 2015; 3 years ago (2015-06-29)
Founder Pope Francis
Founded at Vatican City
Merger of Pontifical Council for Social Communications, Holy See Press Office, Vatican Internet Service, Vatican Radio, Vatican Television Center, L'Osservatore Romano, Vatican Press, Vatican Photo Service, and the Vatican Publishing House
Location
  • Vatican City
Prefect
Paolo Ruffini
Secretary
Lucio Adrian Ruiz
Director General
Paolo Nusiner
Parent organization
Roman Curia
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The Dicastery for Communication (Italian: Dicastero per la Comunicazione) is a division (dicastery) of the Roman Curia with authority over all communications offices of the Holy See and the Vatican City State, including the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, Holy See Press Office, Vatican Internet Service, Vatican Radio, Vatican Television Center, Osservatore Romano, Vatican Press (it), Photograph Service, and Vatican Publishing House.[3] It was called the Secretariat for Communication until 23 June 2018.[4]

It was established as a secretariat by Pope Francis in June 2015.[1][5][6] Monsignor Dario Edoardo Viganò, former director of the Vatican Television Center, was its first prefect.[3] On 5 July 2018, Pope Francis appointed award-winning lay journalist Paolo Ruffini, as Prefect. He was the first layman named to head a Vatican dicastery.[7] Monsignor Lucio Adrian Ruiz, former head of the Vatican Internet Service, is secretary. Paul Nusiner, former General Manager of Avvenire is director general. [1][2]

On 13 July 2016 Pope Francis appointed the following as members of the dicastry:[8]

On 12 April 2017, Pope Francis expanded the Secretariat of Communications and appointed the 13 new consultants, including:[9]

  • James Martin
  • Michael Warsaw
  • Ann Carter
  • Fernando Giménez Barriocanal
  • José María La Porte
  • Peter Gonsalves
  • Jacquineau Azétsop
  • Graham Ellis
  • Michael Paul Unland

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c Francis, Pope (27 June 2015). "For the establishment of the Secretariat for Communications". Holy See Press Office. Archived from the original on 7 July 2015. Retrieved 16 May 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Nomine nella Segreteria per la Comunicazione" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 27 June 2015. Archived from the original on 29 June 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Pope Francis promulgates Motu Proprio instituting the 'Secretariat for Communications' ". news.va. Pontifical Council for Social Communications. Vatican Radio. 27 June 2015. Archived from the original on 28 June 2015. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  4. ^ "Pope renames Vatican communications office". Vatican News. 23 June 2018. Retrieved 23 June 2018. 
  5. ^ "Pope Francis creates new secretariat overseeing all Vatican communications". Catholic News Agency. 27 June 2015. Archived from the original on 29 June 2015. 
  6. ^ McElwee, Joshua (27 June 2015). "Francis creates Secretariat to elevate, consolidate Vatican communications". Vatican Insider. La Stampa. National Catholic Reporter. Archived from the original on 16 May 2016. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  7. ^ Pentin, Edward (5 July 2018). "Pope Appoints Award-Winning Lay Journalist as Head of Vatican Communications". National Catholic Register. Retrieved 11 July 2018. 
  8. ^ "Nomina di membri della Segreteria per la Comunicazione" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 13 July 2016. Archived from the original on 13 July 2016. 
  9. ^ https://cruxnow.com/global-church/2017/04/12/pope-taps-james-martin-ewtn-chief-communications-consultants/
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