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Pope taps US religious freedom advocate for Vatican communications team


On Wednesday the Vatican released the names of 16 people appointed by Pope Francis to the Vatican’s Secretariat for Communications, among whom is American religious freedom and prolife attorney Kim Daniels.

A graduate from Princeton University and the University of Chicago Law School, Daniels is an attorney whose practice is focused on religious freedom and prolife issues, and is also a lay consultant to the USCCB’s Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty.

She is the former spokesperson for the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, having served under both Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Archbishop Joseph Kurtz. She is also a founder and director of Catholic Voices USA.

Announced in a July 13 communique from the Vatican, Daniels’ appointment came alongside that of 15 others, including six cardinals, seven bishops and two laypersons, and falls just two days after the announcement of another American, Greg Burke, as the new director of the Holy See Press Office.

The move signals Francis’ next step in his sweeping reform of Vatican communications.

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