Dicastery for Communications
Dicasteria pro communicatione
|Established||29 June 2015|
|Founded at||Vatican City|
|Merger of||Pontifical Council for Social Communications, Holy See Press Office, Vatican Internet Service, Vatican Radio, Vatican Television Center, L'Osservatore Romano, Vatican Press, Vatican Photo Service, and the Vatican Publishing House|
|Lucio Adrian Ruiz|
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The Dicastery for Communications (Italian: Dicastero per la Comunicazione) is a division (dicastery) of the Roman Curia with authority over all communication offices of the Holy See and the Vatican City State, including the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, Holy See Press Office, Vatican Internet Service, Vatican Radio, Vatican Television Center, L'Osservatore Romano, Vatican Press, Photograph Service, and Vatican Publishing House.
Pope Francis established the Secretariat for Communications in June 2015, with Monsignor Dario Edoardo Viganò, former director of the Vatican Television Center, as its first Prefect. Viganò resigned on 21 March 2018, "a week after his mishandling of a letter from retired Pope Benedict XVI provoked a global outcry".
On 23 June 2018, the Secretariat was renamed Dicastery for Communications, and on 5 July 2018, Pope Francis appointed award-winning lay journalist Paolo Ruffini, as Prefect. He was the first layman named to head a Vatican dicastery. Monsignor Lucio Adrian Ruiz, former head of the Vatican Internet Service, is secretary. Paul Nusiner, former General Manager of Avvenire is director general.
On 13 July 2016 Pope Francis appointed the following as members of the dicastry:
- Patriarch Moran Mor Béchara Boutros Raï
- Cardinal John Njue
- Cardinal Chibly Langlois
- Cardinal Charles Maung Bo
- Cardinal Leonardo Sandri
- Cardinal Beniamino Stella
- Archbishop Diarmuid Martin
- Archbishop Gintaras Grušas
- Bishop Marcello Semeraro
- Bishop Stanislas Lalanne
- Bishop Pierre Nguyễn Văn Khảm
- Bishop Ginés Ramón García Beltrán
- Bishop Nuno Brás da Silva Martins
- Kim Daniels
- Markus Schächter
- Leticia Soberón Mainero
On 12 April 2017, Pope Francis expanded the Secretariat of Communications and appointed the 13 new consultants, including:
- James Martin
- Michael Warsaw
- Ann Carter
- Fernando Giménez Barriocanal
- José María La Porte
- Peter Gonsalves
- Jacquineau Azétsop
- Graham Ellis
- Michael Paul Unland
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