On 11 July 2006, The Holy Father appointed Fr. Federico Lombardi S.J. as director of the Holy See Press Office. "He is an experienced journalist and so we have confidence in him," Benedict XVI commented when Father Federico Lombardi was named the new director of the Holy See's press office, making him the public face of the Vatican to the world.
Fr. Lombardi was born in Saluzzo, Italy in 1942 and ordained a priest in 1972. He studied mathematics at Turin University and theology at Frankfurt. Since then, except for a six-year interlude (1984-1990) when he was provincial superior of the Italian Jesuits, all of his time has been devoted to Vatican-related media work. In 1973, he began writing for Civiltà Cattolica, the prestigious Italian Jesuit review, and he became its deputy editor in 1977. He was made director of programming at Vatican Radio in 1991 and appointed its general director in 2005. Since 2001 he has also been general director of the Vatican Television Center.
Father Lombardi SJ will be joining the Regis College community at a special convocation followed by a Benefactor Dinner in Elliott MacGuigan Hall located at 67 St. Nicholas Street on May 27th.
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