Posts Tagged Vatican press office

Pope Francis nails 3-point shot by naming American spokesman / Cruxnow.com

On Monday (Jul. 11), Pope Francis had a Steph Curry (of the NBA Golden State Warriors) moment, scoring three points on a single shot by naming Greg Burke to replace Father Federico Lombardi as his chief spokesman and director of the Vatican’s Press Office.

“Francis also tapped a lay woman, Paloma Garcia Ovejero, previously the Rome and Vatican correspondent for the Spanish broadcaster COPE, to the number two position in the Press Office, instantly making her one of the Vatican’s most visible female officials. A lay woman has never before held the post.

“Both appointements take effect Aug. 1.

“Although there are plenty of positions in the Vatican that exercise more real power, few are more publicly recognizable than the papal spokesman …”

By John L. Allen, Jr., Cruxnow.com — Click here to read the rest of this story.

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Vatican: No ‘objective reasons’ to preclude appointment of Chilean bishop / National Catholic Reporter

The Vatican has responded to public outcry against Pope Francis’ naming of a new bishop in Chile accused of covering up sexual abuse, saying the bishop’s candidature was ‘carefully examined’ prior to his appointment but no ‘objective reasons’ were found to preclude it.

“Marking a rare reaction to public criticism against a bishop’s appointment, the Vatican press office released a 19-word statement Tuesday (Mar. 31) in three languages regarding Bishop Juan Barros Madrid.

“Chilean clergy sexual abuse survivors accuse Barros, who was installed March 21 as head of the diocese of Osorno, Chile, amid protests in the cathedral, of covering up abuse by Fr. Fernando Karadima when Barros was a priest.”

By Joshua J. McElwee, National Catholic Reporter — Click here to read the rest of this story.

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