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The until now number two person from the Vatican Press Office, Greg Burke, replaces Father Federico Lombardi as Vatican spokesman.

He is 56 years old and has experience in the media, coming from his studies at Columbia University in New York. He came to Rome originally as a correspondent for TIME and Fox News and is a member of Opus Dei.

His main collaborator is Spanish journalist, Paloma García Ovejero, a Rome correspondent from Cadena Cope, which is linked to the Spanish bishops.

The new deputy spokeswoman for the Pope replaced one of the most experienced Vaticanists in 2012, Paloma Gómez Borrero. She covered the last few years of Benedict XVI's pontificate, up until now with Pope Francis.

They will take over the position of Italian Jesuit, Federico Lombardi, who will turn 74 years old in late August. He has been leading the Vatican Press Office for exactly 10 years.

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