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.