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Pope appoints new members of Vatican communications office

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Pope Francis has appointed five new members to the Vatican Dicastery for Communication, including Archbishop Borys Gudziak, head of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia.

The Vatican announced the new appointments on December 2.

Archbishop Gudziak, 61, was born in Syracuse, New York, the son of immigrant parents from Ukraine. He graduated from Syracuse University with a doctorate in Slavic and Cultural History from Harvard. He spent two decades in Ukraine, where he headed the Lviv Theological Academy, and he then headed the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Saint Volodymyr the Great, based in Paris, which covers France, Belgium, the Pays -Bas, Luxembourg and Switzerland.

The other new members, all appointed by the Pope for a five-year term, are:

– Italian Cardinal Mauro Gambetti, Archpriest of Saint Peter’s Basilica. The 56-year-old conventual Franciscan has degrees in mechanical engineering, theology and theological anthropology. He worked in youth ministry and vocation programs and was minister general and custodian of the Sacred Convent of Saint Francis of Assisi.

– Mgr Jorge Eduardo Lozano, Argentinian Archbishop of San Juan de Cuyo, 66 years old. He is secretary general of the Council of Bishops of Latin America, or CELAM. He went to vocational school as an electrical technician, studied theology, and was ordained a priest of Buenos Aires. He was ordained bishop by the then Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the future Pope Francis. He headed various pastoral departments of CELAM and was responsible for the press office at the General Conference of Bishops of Latin America and the Caribbean in Aparecida, Brazil, in 2007.

– Nigerian Bishop Emmanuel Adetoyese Badejo, 60, from Oyo. A graduate in communication sciences from the Salesian Pontifical University in Rome, he worked for many years as director of communication at the diocesan level and for the Catholic secretariat in Nigeria. He founded and was the first national chaplain of the Catholic Artists and Entertainers Association of Nigeria, CAEAN.

– Xaviere Missionary Sister Nathalie Becquart, 52 years old, under-secretary of the Synod of Bishops. She studied business in France and worked for two years as a marketing and communications consultant. She is a former director of youth evangelization and vocations for the Bishops’ Conference of France and was appointed consultant to the Synod of Bishops in 2019.

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