On December 18, Pope Francis appointed his house Vaticanista Andrea Tornielli editor of all Vatican media.The office was newly created.
The informal papal spokesman has become an official one.Losers included the Vatican Press Office.The question was how Vatican spokesmen and papal speakers should coexist.
The question has become obsolete with the resignation of Vatican spokesman Greg Burke.
The American journalist was appointed in 2015 as the deputy of the then Vatican spokesman P. Federico Lombardi SJ.On August 1, 2016, he has since taken over his office.He fulfilled his task faithfully, but he did not have it easy with Francis and his communication policy.Burke failed to get close to the Pope.A relationship of trust was denied by the head of the Church.
While Andrea Tornielli had direct access to Pope Francis from the very beginning, Burke's predecessor, P. Lombardi, was not informed about some of the actions or only inadequately.His answers to journalistic questions were sometimes a sweat-splitting balancing act.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi Image: Vatican.va (screenshot)