June 25, 2012. (Romereports.com)
The Vatican has hired an American journalist as its new media adviser. His name is Greg Burke. A 52 year old who, up until a few days ago worked as a FOX news network correspondent. Before that he worked as a reporter for TIME Magazine.
He has been based in Rome for over a decade covering everything from politics in Europe, to the Middle East and the Vatican.
The last lay person to be hired to a senior communication position was Joaquin Navarro-Valls, a Spanish journalist who was hired under John Paul II.
Burke, who is originally from St. Louis Missouri will directly report to Archbishop Angelo Becciu, who serves as the deputy secretary of state, and is the third ranking person in the Vatican.
Burke will be an adviser on several different levels, including the Holy See's Press Office and the Vatican's Secretariat of State. But Father Federico Lombardi will continue to be the Vatican's spokesperson.