Pope appoints new Vatican spokesman

Pope Francis with Matteo Bruni earlier this year (Vatican Media)

Pope Francis yesterday appointed British-born Matteo Bruni as the new director of the Holy See Press Office. Source: Vatican News.

Mr Bruni, 42, graduated in modern and contemporary foreign languages and literature from Rome’s La Sapienza University. He has been working since July 2009 at the Holy See Press Office, where he has been overseeing the accreditation of journalists and operational communications as coordinator of the Accreditation Section.

In this role, he has organised reporters accompanying the Pope on papal trips outside Italy.

Mr Bruni has also coordinated the participation of the press in the various events during the Jubilee of Mercy 2016. He has long been involved in ecclesial projects of humanitarian cooperation and programs to support the elderly.

The new spokesman of the Holy See is married and has a daughter. Besides Italian, he is fluent in English, Spanish and French.

Mr Bruni takes over from Alessandro Gisotti, whom the Pope had appointed ‘ad interim’ director of the Holy See Press Office in December last year.

Yahoo7 News reports that Vatican communications head Paolo Ruffini said: "The Press Office has a new director, Matteo Bruni, who knows perfectly how we work and has been appreciated over the years for his people skills and professionalism."

Mr Bruni said the appointment was "an honour" and he was "grateful for the trust of the Holy Father".

"The Press Office is not a large structure, but it is a complex one," he added.

Pope Francis appointed Mr Gisotti and Sergio Centofanti deputy directors of the Editorial Directorate of the Vatican Dicastery for Communication.

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