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Lord Christopher Patten of Barnes has been appointed president of a new committee that will propose reforms to Vatican media outlets.
The committee will publish a report and a reform plan within the next 12 months after considering the report of COSEA – the Commission set up by Pope Francis in July last year to review the economic and administrative structure of the Holy See.
At a press conference in Rome on Wednesday Cardinal George Pell, Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, said the new committee’s objectives are to adapt Holy See media to “changing media consumption trends”; to enhance coordination and to achieve financial savings. Digital channels will also be strengthened.
Meanwhile a Franciscan nun has become the first woman head of a pontifical university. Sr Mary Melone, an Italian theologian will become the rector of the Pontifical University Antonianum in Rome, a position held usually by male priests.