Pope appoints American layman as chief Vatican spokesman [and Spanish laywoman as vice-director]
[We will have to see who has more influence: Opie-Dopie, Faux News, EEEEWTN aut al.? As well as what the new no.2 (wo)man’s influence will be]
Catholic World News – July 11, 2016
Pope Francis has named an American layman, Greg Burke, as the director of the Holy See Press Office, effective August 1.
Burke succeeds Father Federico Lombardi, SJ, 73, who has served in the position 2006.
Burke, 56, worked for UPI, Reuters, the National Catholic Register, TIME Magazine, and Fox News before becoming senior communications adviser to the Vatican Secretariat of State in 2012. He is a numerary, or lay celibate member, of the Opus Dei prelature, and has worked as vice director of the Holy See Press Office since February 1.
Father Lombardi’s predecessor, Joaquín Navarro-Valls, served as director of the Holy See Press Office from 1984 to 2006 and was also a numerary of Opus Dei.
On July 11, the Holy See Press Office also announced that Pope Francis has named a Spanish laywoman, Paloma García Ovejero, 40, as its vice director. Since 1998, she has worked for Cadena COPE, Spain’s second-largest radio network, and has served as its Vatican and Italian correspondent since 2012.