[Austen Ivereigh] Days after appointing an American as its new spokesman, the Vatican has named an American laywoman as one of the first 16 new members of the Secretariat for Communications, the body created by Pope Francis last year to manage and overhaul Rome’s different news and media outlets.
Kim Daniels is a former spokesperson for the president of the US bishops’ conference, where she served both Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Archbishop Joseph Kurtz. She is also a founder and former director of Catholic Voices USA, and currently a communications consultant for organizations such as Catholic Relief Services, the Archdiocese of Washington, the Catholic Climate Covenant, and Women Speak for Themselves.
Members of Vatican departments, known as ‘dicasteries’, attend at least yearly meetings in Rome, acting as external advisors or consultants by providing input into initiatives and proposals.
Two other laypeople have been named as members of the Secretariat: Markus Schächter is…
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