01 May 2015, The Tablet

Commission examines Lord Patten's Vatican media reforms

Pope Francis has taken further steps towards reforming the Vatican’s media operations with the establishment of a commission to study the recommendations in a report produced by the British Catholic peer, Lord (Chris) Patten.

The new commission’s members are all media specialists and comprise four priests including Irishman Mgr Paul Tighe, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and one layman, Paolo Nusiner, the editor of the Italian bishops’ conference daily newspaper, Avvenire. The move was announced this week following news that Lord Patten’s final report was considered by the Pope’s advisory Council of Cardinals known as the C9.

Lord Patten headed the 11-member Vatican Media Committee (VMC) set up last September to look at options for reforming the Vatican’s various media outlets which many consider costly and unwieldy. Patten said at the time that they would study how the Vatican could best meet the new challenges posed by rapidly changing technology and also to make savings.

On Thursday the Vatican disclosed that C9 recommended the setting up of the commission to study the VMC’s findings.

The commission will be chaired by Mgr Dario Edoardo Viganò, director of the Vatican Television Centre. The other two members are Mgr Lucio Adrian Ruiz, head of the Vatican Internet Service and Fr Antonio Spadaro, S.J., director of the Jesuit journal, La Civiltà Cattolica.

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