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US laywoman named member of Vatican’s Secretariat for Communications

July 13, 2016

One year after he established the Secretariat of Communications, Pope Francis has named 16 members of the Secretariat.

The Secretariat, led by Msgr. Dario Edoardo Viganò, was founded to consolidate the work of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, the Holy See Press Office, the Vatican Internet Service, Vatican Radio, the Vatican Television Centre, L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican Printing Press, the Photo Service, and the Vatican Publishing House.

Members of curial dicasteries are appointed to five-year terms and gather annually in plenary sessions to discuss the work of their respect dicasteries.

The 16 members of the Secretariat of Communications include six cardinals, seven other bishops, and three members of the laity. The cardinals are Cardinals Béchara Boutros Raï, John Njue (Kenya); Chibly Langlois (Haiti), Charles Maung Bo (Myanmar), and two curial cardinals, Cardinals Leonardo Sandri and Beniamino Stella.

The sole American appointee is Kim Daniels, an attorney whose practice focuses on religious liberty. Daniels has served as spokesperson for the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and director of Catholic Voices USA.


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