The appointments of Matteo Bruni as director of the Holy See Press Office, and those of Alessandro Gisotti and Sergio Centofanti as deputy editorial directors of the Vatican Dicastery for Communications, show how the Vatican communication is evolving.
In Pastor Bonus, the apostolic constitution that regulated until now functions and tasks of the Curia offices, the Holy See Press Office was directly linked to the Secretariat of State. The information for the daily bulletins, guidance on which news to deliver, the news management guidelines, all came from the Secretariat of State. The director of the Press Office was called to shape this information and communicate it.
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The Holy See Press Office was not, then, just a press office. It also worked as an office of communication, and the mediator between the “palace” and the media.
The Holy See Press Office role was part of a more comprehensive design: the Holy See had a series of media, all independent, that was entrusted with providing a broader scenario of news seen from the Church’s point of view.
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L’Osservatore Romano, the newspaper of the Holy See, was born, in the end, to defend the Holy See from what Pius IX called “an assault on the truth” – that is, the manipulation of history that went along with the Savoy Kingdom attempts to annex the Pontifical State.
Vatican Radio was founded by the inventor of the radio, Guglielmo Marconi, and was designed as a tool to spread the Pope’s and Holy See vision to the world.
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Both tools were crucial during fascism in Italy and during the Second World War. The Holy See was able to provide a lucid and real vision of the war thanks to the Osservatore Romano, that could bypass the Italian official bulletins. Pius XII launched via radio his messages of peace that still shed light...
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