Former Fox News Correspondent Gets a Vatican Promotion

By Chris Ariens 

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A former Fox News correspondent has been elevated at the Vatican.

Pope Francis has appointed Greg Burke the new vice director of the Holy See Press Office. Burke was Fox News’s correspondent in Rome until 2012, when he left for a position in the Vatican communications office.

John Allen, associate editor of the Crux and a CNN Vatican analyst, reports the promotion “sets Burke up as heir apparent to the Rev. Federico Lombardi, the 73-year-old Jesuit who’s headed the press office and acted as spokesman for both Popes Benedict XVI and Francis since 2006.”

Burke assisted U.S. media in their preparations for Pope Francis’s visit to the U.S. in September, and was instrumental in setting up the David Muir-hosted television town hall at the Vatican which Pope Francis held with U.S. Catholics in August.