Vatican City, Jan 11, 2019 / 07:57 am America/Denver (CNA).
The Vatican announced Friday that Paolo Ruffini, prefect of the Vatican communications department, has amended the organizational structure of the Holy See Press Office to include a senior advisor, two assistants, and an office manager.
The positions are in support of the press office director and will remain in place beyond the mandate of Alessandro Gisotti, who was named to the position on an interim basis after the sudden departure of Greg Burke and his vice director Paloma Garcia Ovejero Dec. 31.
The new appointees come from diverse geographic backgrounds, as two hail from the United States, one from Peru, and the fourth is French-Italian.
In comments to journalists Jan. 11, Gisotti pointed to this fact, underlining the “internationality” of the new supporting team, which he called “very, very important.” He said that collectively the new staff members come with significant experience working at Vatican Radio and have “a history of collaboration with the press office.”
Gisotti emphasized that there is no “Italian team” or any team of a particular nationality, saying, “we are trying to be the ‘Holy See team’ serving the Church and the Holy Father.”