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On 18 July last, Pope Francis appointed a new Director of the Holy See Press Office. British-born Matteo Bruni is the new spokesperson of the Holy See, with effect from 22 July. Bruni is the first non-journalist of the modern era at the helm of the Holy See Press Office.
In an interview granted to Vatican News, the new Holy See Press Office director underscored the great work he did with journalists during the last years. He has been a sort of liaison between the Press Office and the journalists, especially with reference to the organization of Papal trips.
Born on 23 November 1976 in Winchester, Bruni graduated in modern and contemporary foreign languages and literature from Rome’s La Sapienza University. He has been working since July 2009 at the Holy See Press Office, where he has been overseeing the accreditation of journalists and operational communications as coordinator of the Accreditation Section.
In this role, he has organized reporters accompanying the Holy Father on papal trips outside Italy.
Bruni has coordinated the participation of the press in the various events during the Jubilee of Mercy 2016. He has long been involved in ecclesial projects of humanitarian cooperation and programmes to support the elderly.
The new spokesman of the Holy See is married and has a daughter. Besides Italian, he is fluent in English, Spanish and French.
Bruni takes over from Alessandro Gisotti, whom the Pope had appointed ‘ad interim’ Director of the Holy See Press Office on 30 December.
Also on Thursday, Pope Francis appointed Gisotti and Sergio Centofanti deputy directors of the Editorial Directorate of the Vatican Dicastery for Communication.
All three take office on 22 July.
APT Ireland congratulates the new officials and look forward to working with them in the years ahead.