Challenge Grant: Our Boosters will match donations up to $45,000. We have $36,784 to go. Please donate!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

American journalist named to new Vatican communications post

Catholic World News - June 25, 2012

The Vatican has appointed an American journalist as “communicators advisor” to the Secretariat of State, with responsibility for shaping the Vatican’s media message.

Greg Burke, a Fox News correspondent, told AP that his new task would be comparable to that of a White House communications adviser. Although he will not be the official public spokesman for the Holy See, he explained: “You’re shaping the message, you’re molding the message, and you’re trying to make sure everyone remains on-message.”

The Vatican created the new position in order to improve the public image of the Secretariat of State, which has been badly battered by the “Vatileaks” scandal. The Secretariat of State, which supervises most of the day-to-day work of the Roman Curia, also controls the Vatican media outreach. Burke will be working with the press office, Vatican Radio, L’Osservatore Romano, and the Vatican television office.

Father Federico Lombardi—who remains the director of the Vatican press office—said that Burke “will have the task of dealing with communications issues in the work of the Secretariat of State, and will oversee relations with the Holy See Press Office and other media institutions of the Holy See.”

Burke, who has spent more than 20 years as a journalist in Rome—reporting for the National Catholic Register and Time magazine before taking his latest assignment at Fox News—acknowledged that he will be facing a major challenge in his bid to modernize Vatican public-relations strategies. He revealed that he had been offered the Vatican job twice, and twice turned it down, before finally accepting. He said that he would be able to provide journalists with background briefings, while helping Vatican officials work more effectively with the media.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($125,163 to go):
$150,000.00 $24,837.05
83% 17%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

The Church Moves On, Slowly 9 hours ago
Is Cardinal Kasper losing his grip? 13 hours ago
The Pope is not the problem October 23
Do not confuse sacramental discipline and Catholic doctrine. October 23
Ignatius Press into the Breach: Trumping the Kasper Proposal October 22

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Key synod report calls for 'gradualism' in Church response to irregular family situations CWN - October 13
As synod concludes, bishops issue message, approve document; Pope weighs in CWN - October 20
Cardinal Parolin: UN must protect innocents from Islamic State CWN - September 30
Synod of Bishops opens with Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica CWN - October 6