The director of the new theological-pastoral department of the Vatican Secretariat for Communications is a female theologian who specialises in the communication of faith through images, reports the Catholic News Service.
The Vatican announced Pope Francis’ nomination of Natsa Govekar, a Slovenian, on Tuesday. At the same time, the Pope named Francesco Masci, a 37-year-old official at the Vatican Internet Office, to direct the secretariat’s technical office.
The communications secretariat was established by Pope Francis to coordinate and streamline Vatican communications. The organisational structure also is expected to include an editorial department, but that director has yet to be named.
Msgr Dario Vigano, prefect of the secretariat, issued a statement highlighting the youth of the two appointees as well as the Pope’s choice of a woman theologian to handle the theological-pastoral aspect of Vatican communications activities.
“The Holy Father appointing a woman as head of the theological-pastoral department is an affirmation that attention to the pastoral is not exclusive to pastors, but involves the practices and ways of being church today,” Msgr Vigano said.