An interesting appointment by the Pope:
Seven months after hiring a consulting firm to study the Vatican’s communications structures, the Vatican has set up an 11-member committee to suggest ways to increase collaboration and cut costs and has appointed British Lord Patten of Barnes as its president.
Chris Patten, former chairman of the BBC Trust and former chancellor of the University of Oxford, will serve as president of the commission. The 70-year-old British public servant is a Catholic and was co-ordinator of Pope Benedict XVI’s trip to the United Kingdom in 2010.
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 news conference on July 9.
Go here to read the rest. PopeWatch has followed the career of Chris Patten since his service as the last British Governor of Hong Kong. He is an able man, although, alas, a liberal Catholic. Go here for more background on him in an article which ran on him in The Spectator in 2010.
PopeWatch wishes him well in his attempt to improve Vatican use of the media and predicts that it will prove the greatest challenge of his career.