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Dicasterium pro Communicatione


On 27 June 2015 Pope Francis established the Secretariat for Communication in his Apostolic Letter issued Motu Proprio on the current context of communications. The new Dicastery of the Roman Curia has the task of the overall restructuring, reorganization and consolidation of "all of the realities which, in various ways up to the present have dealt with communications" in order to "respond ever better to the needs of the mission of the Church". In this light the Holy See's communications system is being reevaluated.

Through this restructuring the Apostolic See can refer to the Secretariat as the single point of reference for communication, which has become increasingly complex and interdependent, reflecting the current media reality.

The entities involved include the:

  • Vatican Television Center
  • Vatican Publishing House
  • L'Osservatore Romano
  • Pontifical Council for Social Communications
  • Vatican Radio
  • Holy See Press Office
  • Photographic Service
  • Vatican Internet Service
  • Vatican Printing Press

The entities above will be merged according to an established calendar and, in the meantime, continue to  carry out their own activities now under the direction of the Secretariat for Communication.

In his Motu Proprio, the Holy Father also noted that, in agreement with the Secretariat of State, the new Dicastery assumes responsibility  for the Holy See’s institutional website:, and the Twitter service of the Supreme Pontiff: @pontifex.

(Annuario Pontificio 2016)

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Following the release on 27 June 2015 of his Apostolic Letter issued Motu Proprio on "The current context of communications" in which he established the Secretariat for Communication, the Holy Father made the following appointments (published in the Holy See Press Bulletins of 27 June 2015, 9 February 201621 December 2015, 11 July 2016, 13 July 2016, 12 April 2017 and  21 March 2018):

Members of the Secretariat for Communication

  • Cardinal Béchara Boutros Raï, Patriarch of Antioch of the Maronites, Lebanon;
  • Cardinal John Njue, Archbishop of Nairobi, Kenya;
  • Cardinal Chibly Langlios, Bishop of Les Cayes, Haiti;
  • Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, Archbishop of Yangon, Myanmar;
  • Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches;
  • Cardinal Beniamino Stella, Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy;
  • Cardinal Thomas Aquino Manyo Maeda, Archbishop of Osaka (Japan);
  • Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin, Ireland;
  • Archbishop Gintaras Grušas of Vilnius, Lithuania;
  • Bishop Marcello Semeraro of Albano, Italy;
  • Bishop Stanislas Lalanne of Pontoise, France;
  • Bishop Pierre Nguyên Văn Kham of My Tho, Vietnam;
  • Bishop Ginés Ramón García Beltrán of Guadix, Spain;
  • Bishop Nuno Brás da Silva Martins, Auxiliary of Lisbon, Portugal;
  • Dr. Kim Daniels, Advisor to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on the Ad Hoc Commission on Religious Freedom;
  • Dr. Markus Schächter, Professor of Ethics in Mass Media and Society at the Munich School of Philosophy (Jesuit university) in Munich, Germany;
  • and Dr. Leticia Soberón Mainero, psychologist and expert in communication, formerly a Consultor to the Pontifical Council for Social Communications (Mexico and Spain).

Superiors of the Secretariat for Communication

- Prefect, Dr. Paolo Ruffini

- Secretary, Msgr. Lucio Adrian Ruiz

- Assessor, Msgr. Dario Edoardo Viganò

- Director General, Dr. Paolo Nusiner

- Vice Director General, Dr. Giacomo Ghisani

- Editorial Office, Dr. Andrea Tornielli

- Director, Holy See Press Office, ad interim Dr. Alessandro Gisotti

- Vice Director, Holy See Press Office, ...

- Director, Technological Department, Dr. Francesco Masci

- Director, Theological-Pastoral Department, Prof. Nataša Govekar


Consulters of the Secretariat for Communication

The Holy Father has appointed as Consulters of the Secretariat for Communication the Rev. Fr. Ivan Maffeis, under-secretary for the Italian Episcopal Conference; Fr. José María La Porte, dean of the Faculty of Institutional Social Communication of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross; Dr. Peter Gonsalves, S.D.B., dean of the Faculty of Social Communication Sciences of the Pontifical Salesian University; Fr. Eric Salobir, O.P., Promoter General for social communications for the Order of Preachers; Fr. James Martin, S.J., Jesuit Magazine America; Fr. Jacquineau Azétsop, S.J., dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences of the Pontifical Gregorian University; and Dr. Paolo Peverini, lecturer in Semiotics at the LUISS “Guido Carli”; Dr. Fernando Giménez Barriocanal, president and delegator advisor of Radio Popolar Cadena COPE; Dr. Ann Carter, Rasky Baerlein Strategic Communications; Mr. Graham Ellis, deputy director of BBC Radio; Dr. Michael P. Warsaw, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of EWTN Global Catholic Network; Dr. Dino Cataldo Dell'Accio, Chief ICT Auditor at the United Nations; and Dr. Michael Paul Unland, executive director of the Catholic Media Council (CA.ME.CO.).


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