December 31, 2018
By Nicole Winfield
The Vatican spokesman, Greg Burke, and his deputy resigned suddenly Monday amid an overhaul of the Vatican’s communications operations that coincides with a troubled period in Pope Francis’ papacy.
In a tweet, Burke said he and his deputy, Paloma Garcia Ovejero, had resigned effective Jan. 1. Francis accepted the resignation Monday, the Vatican said in a statement.
“At this time of transition in Vatican communications, we think it’s best the Holy Father is completely free to assemble a new team,” Burke wrote.
He and Garcia both thanked the pope. “A stage is ending. Thank you for these two and a half years,” Garcia tweeted.
Francis named a longtime member of the Vatican’s communications operations, Alessandro Gisotti, as an interim replacement.
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