VATICAN CITY – Seven months after hiring a consulting firm to study the Vatican’s communications structures, the Vatican has set up an 11-member committee – which includes former Singapore Cabinet minister George Yeo – to suggest ways to increase collaboration and cut costs.
Australian Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Vatican Secretariat for the Economy and a member of Pope Francis’ Council of Cardinals, announced the formation of the committee at a July 9 news conference.
“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.
Lord Chris Patten, former chairman of the BBC Trust and former chancellor of the University of Oxford, will serve as committee president. The Catholic British public servant was coordinator of Pope Benedict XVI’s trip to the United Kingdom in 2010.
Irish Msgr Paul Tighe, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, will serve as secretary of the committee, which has been asked to come up with recommendations in the next 12 months.
The other members are:
- Mr Grey Erlandson, president and publisher of Our Sunday Visitor Publishing in the US, and who serves as a consultant to the Pontifical Council for Social Communications.
- Ms Daniela Frank, executive director of the Catholic Media Council in Germany and consultant to the council.
- French Dominican Fr Eric Salobir, media promoter for the Dominicans worldwide.
- Ms Leticia Soberon, a Mexican psychologist.
- Mr George Yeo from Singapore, who is also a member of the Vatican’s new Council for the Economy.
- Mr Giacomo Ghisani, director of international relations and legal affairs at Vatican Radio.
- Msgr Carlo Maria Polvani, head of the information and documentation office in the Vatican Secretariat of State’s section for general affairs.
- Msgr Lucio Adrian Ruiz, who was born in Argentina, and serves as head of the Vatican Internet Service and its telecommunications office.
- Mr Giovanni Maria Vian, editor in chief of the Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano.