Vatican City, Aug 31, 2019 / 04:29 am
Pope Francis has named Msgr. Dario Edoardo Vigano, former head of Vatican communications, to a new position of vice chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.
Dario Vigano, 57, has been serving as an advisor to the Vatican communications department since March 2018, when he stepped down as prefect of what was then the Secretariat for Communications.
Vigano's resignation followed a controversy some dubbed "Lettergate," in which the priest, when presenting a letter of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI to the media, had blurred some lines and omitted whole paragraphs, obscuring its full meaning.
According to the Aug. 31 communique, as vice chancellor, a role which previously did not exist, Vigano has been given "specific competence" over the communications sector of the sciences and social sciences pontifical academies.