Pope names new commission to implement reform of Vatican media

“The Vatican has nearly a dozen separate communication outlets and offices, many of which operate independently of one another.” This makes no sense in the era of hyperconnected social networks.

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Vatican officials and women religious address the media at a Vatican news conference last December. (CNS/Paul Haring) Vatican officials and women religious address the media at a Vatican news conference last December. (CNS/Paul Haring)

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis has set up a five-person committee — which includes Irish Msgr. Paul Tighe — to find ways to implement recommendations for streamlining and modernizing the Vatican’s many communications structures.

When the pope met with his Council of Cardinals in April, the cardinal advisers suggested he name a new commission to implement a reform plan drafted by a previous 11-member papal commission.

The reform effort is looking at how Vatican communications outlets can adapt to changing media consumption trends, better coordinate its existing channels and make substantial financial savings.

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