Pope Francis has set up a five-person committee to streamline and modernize the Vatican’s many communications structures.
Carol Glatz, writing for Catholic News Service, has the story. She writes:
The Vatican announced the official establishment of the new commission and its members April 30. Three of the papal appointees are top-level officials at Vatican communications outlets. The five members of the commission are:
— Msgr. Dario Vigano, 52, director of the Vatican Television Center, and now president of the new Commission for the Vatican’s Communications Media.
— Msgr. Tighe, 57, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications. He served as director of the Archdiocese of Dublin’s communications office and created its office for public affairs to aid in its communications efforts. He also served as secretary of the 11-member papal commission that came up with written proposals for revamping the Vatican’s media.
— Italian Jesuit Father Antonio Spadaro, 48, director of the influential Jesuit journal — La Civilta Cattolica. He is a consulter for the councils for social communications and of culture. He is active on many social networks, contributes to a variety of online news sites and has the blog, “CyberTeologia,” which he says hopes to bring “the intelligence of faith to the Web.”
— Argentine Msgr. Lucio Adrian Ruiz, who was born in 1965, serves as head of the Vatican Internet Service and the Vatican’s telecommunications office. He runs the vatican.va website and he built the clerus.org website for the Congregation for Clergy.
— Paolo Nusiner, the only layperson on the commission, was born in 1963 and is managing director of Avvenire, the daily newspaper of the Italian bishops’ conference. An expert in business, he has worked at Deloitte & Touche in Milan and is an adviser for an Italian federation of newspaper editors and an association of Christian business leaders.
Well now, I may be mistaken, but weren’t major changes implemented back in 2011? I recall that at the Vatican Blogfest, which was held in May 2011, the Vatican unveiled its splashy and modern new website (news.va). I thought that changes had been made at that time in the organization of various Vatican departments.
Anyway, there’s still a lot of news being shared at the world’s largest religious organization.
The Vatican’s communications enterprises include the Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano; Vatican Radio; the Vatican’s television production studio, CTV; the Vatican Information Service; the Vatican press office; Fides, the Vatican’s missionary news agency; the main Vatican website; the news aggregator I just mentioned, news.va; the Vatican’s publishing house, LEV; and the Vatican printing press.
All fall under the auspices of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications.