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Pope appoints new Vatican press director

Matteo Bruni (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Matteo Bruni is the new director, with Sergio Centofanti and Alessandro Gisotti as deputy directors

The Vatican has announced a new director and deputy directors of the Holy See Press Office.

In a press release, the Holy See announced that Matteo Bruni will serve as the Director of the Holy See Press Office, effective July 22, 2019.

Bruni, 42, is originally from Winchester, Great Britain. He graduated from La Sapienza University in Rome with a degree in Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures.

Since 2009, Bruni has worked in the Holy See Press Office, working on accrediting journalists for the office. In 2013, he also took on the role of coordinating the press on the international flights of the Holy Father.

Bruni speaks Italian, English, Spanish, and French.

The announcement also came with the news that the Deputy Directors of the office will be Sergio Centofanti and Alessandro Gisotti.

Gisotti, who currently serves as the interim director, said he is “grateful to the Holy Father for the privilege he gave me in being his spokesman during such an intense period of his Pontificate, and for now offering me the opportunity to continue in his service as Deputy Editorial Director of the Vatican’s media.”

Reflecting on his time in the role, Gisotti said, “As stated at the time of my appointment last 31 December, I took on this responsibility in a spirit of service, aware of this exceptional and unprecedented moment for the Holy See Press Office, given the sudden resignations of the Director and Vice Director. During these extremely busy six months – most especially also for my family – I received the full support of the Prefect Paolo Ruffini and my colleagues at the Press Office to whom I owe deep gratitude. I also had a particularly positive experience working with my fellow journalists, a relationship characterized by reciprocal respect, even during unavoidable confrontational moments.”

“I am sure that Matteo Bruni will know how to manage the extraordinary team here at the Press Office in the best way possible. I offer him my best wishes for success, as well as my availability to collaborate,” said Gisotti.