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ANNOUNCEMENT: New Director of the Holy See Press Office, Matteo Bruni

Bruni Has Worked in Vatican Ten Years; Born in the UK, Speaks Four Languages

The new Director of the Holy See Press Office have just been announced: Matteo Bruni.

The news of the appointments came in today’s bulletin published by the Press Office. Bruni, has been working as assistant to the Director of the Holy See Press Office, and has been one of the Pope’s press aides for years.

Born in the UK, Bruni speaks, beyond Italian, English very well, as well as French and Spanish.

Alessandro Gisotti, who had been director ‘ad interim’, following the resignations of Greg Burke and Paloma Garcia Ovejero on Dec. 31, 2018, had chosen to be ‘ad interim’ as he marked the first married director of the Press Office, and first to be a father of a family, as he has two children.

The Vatican’s communications structure has evolved greatly over the past century, but there was not a coordination between the different entities, such as television, radio, its newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, and publishing house.

In 2015, the Secretariat for Communications, later renamed Dicastery for Communications, was established to create an institutional coordination between all its services.

Paolo Ruffini is the current prefect of the Dicastery, and marks the first layperson to have ever headed a Vatican dicastery. Andrea Tornielli is the head of editorial direction for the Vatican.

Alessandro Gisotti has been nominated as vice-director of editorial direction, along with journalist Sergio Centofanti.

About Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is a Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in four languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, at times from the papal flight, and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio and BBC. She is a contributor to National Catholic Register, UK Catholic Herald, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside the Vatican, and other Catholic news outlets. She has also collaborated with the Vatican in various projects, including an internship at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and is a collaborator with NBC Universal, NBC News, Euronews, and EWTN. For 'The Other Francis': http://www.gracewing.co.uk/page219.html or https://www.amazon.com/Other-Francis-Everything-They-about/dp/0852449348/

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