New broom to sweep through Vatican communications

The Vatican is looking to overhaul its communications structures, with a high-powered committee set up to tackle the issue.

Former chairman of the BBC Trust, Lord Chris Patten, will chair the committee.

It will consider a report from a global consulting firm that reviewed Vatican communications, with a view to streamlining and modernising them.

The Vatican currently has nearly a dozen separate communication outlets and offices, many of which operate independently of one another.

The formation of the committee was announced by Cardinal George Pell on July 9.

“The objectives are to adapt the Holy See media to changing media consumption trends, enhance coordination and achieve progressively and sensitively substantial financial savings,” he said.

The cardinal said there currently is little or no relation between the Vatican’s individual media expenditures and the number of people reached around the world.

There is a clear need to strengthen the Vatican’s digital outreach, he said.

The goal is to use resources efficiently to reach the greatest number of people possible.

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