Wednesday 28 January 2015

Irish priest joins Pope's media corps

Monsignor Tighe will serve as secretary on new Committee for Vatican Media

Elaine McCahill

Published 10/07/2014 | 12:15

Mgr. Paul Tighe with Pope Francis.
Monsignor Tighe and Pope Francis

Dublin priest Monsignor Paul Tighe has been appointed by Pope Francis to a new high-profile committee charged with reforming the Vatican media throughout the world.

Msgr Tighe will serve as secretary on the new Committee for Vatican Media which will be chaired by former BBC Trust chairman (Lord) Chris Patten and headed up by experts from the Vatican and around the world.

The committee will propose reforms for Vatican media including building on the Pontifex Twitter account.

Originally from Navan, Co Meath, Msgr Tighe studied civil law at UCD before going on to study for the priesthood at Holy Cross College in Dublin and the Pontifical Irish College in Rome.

He was ordained a priest of the Dublin Diocese in 1983, and his first appointment was as parish chaplain in Ballyfermot.

He was made director of the Communications Office of the Dublin Diocese before being appointed secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communication in 2007.

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin said: "Msgr Tighe is a person of integrity and competence whose innovation in media relations is making a significant impact in the universal church."

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