- May 25, 2020
Eva Fernández’s ‘El Papa de la Ternura’ (“The Pope of Tenderness”) was presented on Wednesday in Madrid.
Anyone who’s had dealings with the Vatican Press Office since they took over owe Greg Burke and Paloma Garcia Ovejero a debt of gratitude.
The two spokespersons for Pope Francis, veteran American journalist Greg Burke and Spaniard Paloma García Ovejero, have resigned their posts.
Pope Francis’s top aide, Italian Cardinal Pietro Parolin, acknowledged on Saturday that seeing a recently published video from ISIS threatening Rome and calling on lone wolves to attack the Vatican, “one cannot avoid worrying.” However, he added, the video did not lead the Holy See to raise security levels.
August 1 marks the first anniversary of an American, Greg Burke, and a Spaniard, Paloma García Ovejero, taking over as the principal spokespersons for the Holy See. On the positive side of things, they’ve established a constructive and trust-based relationship with reporters covering the Vatican, which is no small feat. On the negative, neither is really taken seriously as a genuine insider.
Although she’s the first woman ever to hold the job of deputy director of the Vatican Press Office, Spanish journalist Paloma Garcia Ovejero played down that aspect of the move, saying it should matter “as much as the fact that I have brown hair, that I’m from Madrid, from Spain, and not too tall.”