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Pope chooses Protestant to produce Argentine edition of Vatican newspaper

July 12, 2016

Pope Francis has chosen Marcelo Figueroa, a Protestant theologian and a personal friend, to edit an Argentine edition of L'Osservatore Romano.

Beginning in September, Figueroa will edit an Argentine publication that combines material from the weekly Spanish-language edition of L'Osservatore Romano with local content. He told the Crux news site that he plans to rely on Catholic and non-Catholic sources, to give the newspaper ecumencial appeal. 

Figueroa told Crux: "We want to spread Francis' universal, pastoral work, in a way that reaches every Argentine."

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  • Posted by: DanS - Jul. 13, 2016 9:54 PM ET USA

    Perfectly in keeping with His Holiness's celebration of the anniversary of the Reformation.

  • Posted by: hartwood01 - Jul. 12, 2016 11:09 PM ET USA

    Edified by this Pope who follows the prompting of the Holy Spirit!

  • Posted by: stpetric - Jul. 12, 2016 6:22 PM ET USA

    Marcelo Figueroa may well be as fine man and a better Christian than me. But you don't hire a Republican to edit the Democratic party newsletter.

  • Posted by: loumiamo - Jul. 12, 2016 4:13 PM ET USA

    It truly is depressing that an educated man like the Pope doesn't see what a terrible decision he's made. The Protestant editor will rely on both Catholic and non Catholic sources? King James did that and ultimately 7 books got lost in the shuffle. Are the 7 Sacraments going to remain sacrosanct? The Pope truly needs us to step up our prayers for him.