The Vatican spokesman and his deputy have both quit just weeks after Pope Francis appointed his close friend as an ‘editorial director’.
An official statement did not give a reason for the resignation of American Greg Burke and Spaniard Paloma Garcia Ovejero.
But it comes weeks after Pope Francis appointed Italian journalist and personal friend, Andrea Tornielli, to become editorial director of Vatican communications.
In a tweet, Burke said he and his deputy had resigned effective January 1. Burke wrote ‘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, 59, a former Rome-based reporter for Fox News, joined the Vatican in 2012 as an advisor in the Vatican’s Secretariat of State and become spokesman in 2016.
He is a member of the conservative Catholic group Opus Dei.
Ovejero, 43, a former reporter for the Spanish radio network COPE, was one of the highest-ranking women in the Vatican.