Pope Francis has appointed a new spokesman for the Vatican, Matteo Bruni, succeeding interim director of the Holy See Press Office Alessandro Gisotti.

In January, Pope Francis accepted the resignations of former Director Greg Burke and former Vice Director Paloma Ovejero of the Holy See Press Office. In their stead, he appointed Alessandro Gisotti as the now-former interim director.

On Thursday, Pope Francis appointed Gisotti’s successor, Matteo Bruni, effective July 22nd, without appointing a vice director. Gisotti was subsequently named deputy editorial director of the Dicastery for Communication and thanked the Holy Father in a statement.

“I am grateful to the Holy Father for the privilege he gave me in being his spokesman during such an intense period of his Pontificate. I am grateful to him for his constant fatherly support.”

Italian-born in Winchester, England, Bruni, 43, has worked with the Holy See Press Office since 2009. He graduated from the University of Rome with a degree in modern and contemporary foreign languages, speaking Italian, English, French and Spanish.

Since 2013, Bruni has been the coordinator of the Media Operations department of the Holy See Press Office, overseeing the accreditation of journalists and organizing reporters accompanying Pope Francis on papal trips outside of Italy.

Bruni called the appointment a “sign of esteem not only for me as an individual, but also my history and work alongside my colleagues at the Holy See Press Office.”

“The press office is not a large structure, but a complex one. I believe that knowing it from the inside can be useful in order to more deeply carry out the reform of the dicastery itself.”

Pope Francis is expected to appoint a vice director for the Holy See Press Office soon.

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