EWTN chairman named consultor for Vatican communications office

Michael P Warsaw Named Consultor to Communications Secretariat Credit EWTN CNA Michael P. Warsaw, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of EWTN Global Catholic Network. | EWTN.

On Wednesday, the Vatican announced that EWTN's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael P. Warsaw has been named by Pope Francis as a consultor to the Vatican Secretariat for Communications.

"I am extremely humbled and honored by the Holy Father's appointment," Warsaw said in a statement April 12. "This is a tremendous recognition of the role which EWTN plays in the life of the Church throughout the world. I am grateful to Pope Francis for his confidence and look forward to serving the universal Church in this post."

The announcement of Warsaw's appointment was made in an April 12 communique from the Vatican, along with the names of 12 other new consultors.

The Secretariat for Communications was established by Pope Francis in 2015. One of its primary responsibilities is the restructuring and consolidation of the Holy See's various communications outlets.

In his role as consultor, Warsaw will help advise the Pope and the Holy See on media and communications matters.

Warsaw joined EWTN in 1991 and worked in senior management positions in television production, satellite operations and technical services. In 2000 he became president of EWTN, and in 2009 he assumed the post of CEO. In 2013 he was named chairman of the board.

EWTN was launched in 1981 by Mother Angelica of the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration. The largest religious media network in the world, it reaches more than 268 million television households in more than 145 countries and territories.

In addition to 11 television channels in multiple languages, EWTN platforms include radio services through shortwave and satellite radio, SIRIUS/XM, iHeart Radio, and over 500 AM & FM affiliates. EWTN publishes the National Catholic Register, operates a religious goods catalogue, and in 2015 formed EWTN Publishing in a joint venture with Sophia Institute Press. Catholic News Agency is also part of the EWTN family.

In addition to Warsaw, other new consultors to the Secretariat are: Fr. Ivan Maffeis, Undersecretary of the Italian Bishops Conference; Fr. José María La Porte, Dean of the Faculty of Institutional Social Communications of the Pontifical University of Santa Croce; Fr. Peter Gonsalves, S.B.D., Dean of the Faculty of the Science of Social Communications at the Pontifical Salesian University; Fr Eric Salobir, O.P., Promoter General for Social Communications of the Order of Preachers; Fr. James Martin S.J. of America Magazine; Fr. Jacquineau Azétsop S.J., Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Pontifical Gregorian University; Paolo Peverini, Professor of Semiotics at Luiss Guido Carli University; Fernando Giménez Barriocanal, President and Managing Director of Radio Popular-Cadena COPE; Ann Carter of Rasky Baerlein Strategic Communications; Graham Ellis, Vice Director of BBC Radio; Dino Cataldo Dell'Accio, Chief ICT Auditor at the United Nations and Michael Paul Unland, Executive Director of the Catholic Media Council.

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