Pope Francis names new British-born Vatican spokesman
Pope Francis has named British-born Matteo Bruni as his new Vatican spokesman.
Mr Bruni takes over from Alessandro Gisotti, who became interim spokesman following the sudden departure on 31st December of Greg Burke.
Mr Gisotti had always said his term would be temporary given the demanding nature of the job and his obligations to his young family. The Vatican said he will now join the communications ministry as a deputy editorial director.
Mr Bruni’s appointment marks the latest change in the Holy See’s communications operations under the Holy Father.
Previous reforms have included the creation of an overall ministry with institutional editorial oversight, the slimming down of the Vatican Radio operation, and new leadership of the spokesman’s office, the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano and its women’s magazine.
Mr Bruni, 42, joined the Vatican press office in 2009, co-ordinating accreditations. In 2013 he took over organising the logistics for media during papal trips, negotiating access with host countries ahead of time and shepherding journalists from venue to venue during the trips themselves.
Born in Winchester, England, he was educated in Italy and speaks English and Italian fluently, as well as Spanish and French.
In a statement announcing the new changes, the Vatican’s communications director, Paolo Ruffini, said Mr Bruni would be joined by a deputy director of the press office, who has not been named.
Mr Bruni, who has not previously worked as a journalist, told the Vatican’s in-house media operation, Vatican News, that the world needs communications that are “official, clear, transparent about events and contribute to understanding the complexity of the world in which we live”.
Picture: Matteo Bruni of the Vatican Press Office introduces journalists to Pope Francis aboard his flight from Rome to Sofia, Bulgaria, on 5th May 2019. Bruni, who has helped organise and co-ordinate media presence on papal trips since 2013, has been appointed the new director of the Vatican Press Office. (CNS photo/Paul Haring).