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Streamlining Vatican communications will take until 2018, new boss says

April 29, 2016

The head of the Vatican’s new Secretariat for Communications has indicated that the consolidation of the Vatican’s communications offices will not be complete until 2018.

Msgr. Dario Edoardo Vigano, who was appointed last June to head the new Secretariat, described the process of reforming the Vatican’s communications agencies in an address at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross. He said that the reforms involve both streamlining the offices and changing the way they operate to match the demands of the media age.

Msgr. Vigano acknowledged that the Vatican’s communications efforts have been hampered by duplication of efforts, in a system in which various agencies—including the press office, Vatican Radio, the television center, and the daily L’Osservatore Romano-- each operated independently. That system fostered a compartmentalized approach that was “a disaster” for the Vatican’s efforts to reach the public, he said.

 
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