VATICAN CITY - In an effort to render the Vatican more
effective in today's digital world, Pope Francis established
a new Secretariat for Communications, whose aim is to
coordinate and streamline the Holy See's multiple
The development of digital media, with its converging
technologies and interactive capabilities, "requires a
rethinking of the information system of the Holy See," the
This "reorganization," he wrote, "must proceed decisively
toward integration and a unified management" so that "the
communication system of the Holy See will respond in an ever
more efficacious manner to the needs of the mission of the
Pope Francis established the new secretariat with an
apostolic letter given motu proprio (on his own initiative),
dated June 27.
The pope also appointed the top officials of the new
- Msgr. Dario Vigano, director of the Vatican Television
Center, will lead the secretariat as prefect.
- Argentine Msgr. Adrian Ruiz Lucio will serve as secretary.
He currently heads the Vatican Internet and
- Paolo Nusiner will be general director of the secretariat.
He is managing director of Avvenire, the daily newspaper of
the Italian bishops' conference.
- Giacomo Ghisani will be vice general director. He is
currently director of international relations and legal
affairs at Vatican Radio.
Nine Vatican media operations will be integrated gradually
over the next four years while protecting people's jobs, the
Vatican has said.
According to the motu proprio, the nine offices to be
"incorporated" are the Pontifical Council for Social
Communications; the Vatican press office; the Vatican
Internet office; Vatican Radio; the Vatican television
production studio, CTV; the Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore
Romano; the Vatican printing press; the Vatican photograph
service, and the Vatican publishing house, Libreria Editrice
The different offices are to continue with their current
mandates for the time being while adapting to the
"indications given by the Secretariat for Communications,"
the letter said.
The new department will take on the Vatican website, vatican.va, and
the official Twitter account of the pope:@pontifex.
The temporary headquarters of the new secretariat will be in
Palazzo Pio - the headquarters of Vatican Radio.