Fox News Rome correspondent and former National Catholic Register journalist Greg Burke has been praised as the ideal choice for the Vatican's new media adviser post.
“It's an incredible challenge,” Burke told CNA on June 24. “I didn't want to leave the job at Fox, which has been a wonderful gig.”
“But I think if I didn't take it, I would always be wondering if I could have made a difference,” he said. “I guess now I'll get to find out.”
Burke's newly created position requires him to assist the Vatican with communications issues between the Holy See press office, other Vatican communications departments and the Secretariat of State.
Originally from St. Louis, Mo., the 52-year-old is a Colombia University journalism graduate, a lay member of Opus Dei, and previously worked as a Rome correspondent for the National Catholic Register.
He credits his work at the Register – writing during the 1980s and early 90s under former editor-in-chief and friend Francis Maier – as preparation for the new job.
“I feel very fortunate that I've had a lot of real world journalism experience, at a very high level, and I hope I can put that to use for the Vatican,” he said.
“Blame it all on Fran Maier if you want; he's the one who gave me a job in Rome almost 25 years ago.”
Maier, who serves as special adviser to Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia and was former chancellor of the Denver archdiocese, is equally enthusiastic over Burke's appointment.