After more than 10 years at the Holy See, Father Federico Lombardi has decided to give up the role of Director of the Press Office. It has been Father Lombardi’s role since 2006, when Benedict XVI appointed him as the head of the press office, replacing Joaquin Navarro-Valls.
The Jesuit priest, during his decade as head of the Press Office, has always carried out his subtle task of mediator and clarifier with the utmost respect for the others, accompanying first Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, then Pope Francis, during their pontificate. From September, he will be engaged in the general congregation of the Society of Jesus.
Pope Francis, who has accepted Father Lombardi’s resignation, has appointed a new director who will take office on 1 August 2016. It will be the American Greg Burke, who has been the deputy director of the same institution until now. Burke had the role of advisor for the communication of the Secretariat of State till February 2016. Previously, he was credited for more than 20 years in the Press Room as a Vatican correspondent first for Time, then for Fox. His deputy will be – starting from August 1, 2016 too – the Spanish journalist Paloma Garcia Ovejero, current Vatican correspondent for Radio Cope, a Spanish Catholic broadcaster.