|Greg Burke Will be the New Deputy of Vatican Speaker Father|
(Rome) In recent days there have been rumors that Father Federico Lombardi SJ would be replaced as the Vatican spokesman and might be replaced by a layman, was already the case under Pope John Paul II. in Rome. At that time, the Spaniard, Joaquin Navarro-Valls was the Vatican spokesman.
The rumor has not been confirmed, but a change of the Vice Vatican Spokesman has been announced. So far, the Passionist Father Ciro Benedettini from the tiny country of San Marino is Lombardi's deputy as the Vatican spokesman. Father Benedettini was introduced in 1994 by Navarro-Valls in the press-service, and appointed in 1995 as deputy director. After 20 years there is now a change. Until January 31, 2016 Father Benedettini will hold this office. From February 1, the American Greg Burke will be Lombardi's new deputy.