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Reforming Vatican communications

Monday 11 January 2016, by SIGNIS

Vatican City, Brussels, January, 11th, 2016 (CNA/EWTN News/SIGNIS). The Vatican Secretariat of State has announced that the administration and human resources branches of the Holy See Press Office are to be taken over by the newly formed Secretariat for Communications.

According to a report by Andrea Gagliarducci, the Holy See press office’s other activities will be coordinated with the communications secretariat so as to “secure the unification of all the communications processes, which are within the competence of the Secretariat for Communications.”

Restructuring the Vatican media is proceeding on a four-year plan. Gagliarducci reports that "According to a source within the Secretariat for Communications, “the secretariat will take over control of the delivery of official information at the end of that term, and the passage of competences from the Secretariat of State to the communications secretariat will be gradually assessed in the course of these four years.”"

The Holy See also announced the appointment of Greg Burke as its deputy director, and of Stefano D’Agostini as director of the Vatican Television Center.

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Stefano D’Agostini

D’Agostini replaces Msgr. Dario Viganò, who is now prefect of the Secretariat for Communications. D’Agostini was “technical head” of the CTV, and will manage the organization of filming, while the Secretariat for Communications manages content.

The Pontifical Council for Social Communications will probably be absorbed into the new Secretariat which is expected to move its headquarters to the building which currently hosts the pontifical council. The current president of the PCCS, Archbishop Celli, who will be 75 in July, is not expected to be replaced.

At the conclusion of the four-year plan for the reform of Vatican media, it is likely that all Vatican communications offices will be under the Secretariat for Communications. Moreover, a unified newsroom to manage news content is being studied.

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