|It gave no reason for the resignation of Greg Burke, an American, and Paloma Garcia Ovejero, a Spaniard. They quit two
weeks after Pope Francis appointed an Italian journalist and personal friend, Andrea Tornielli, to become editorial director
of all Vatican communications.
"Paloma and I have resigned, effective Jan. 1. At this time of transition in Vatican communications, we think it’s best the
Holy Father is completely free to assemble a new team," Burke tweeted.
Burke, 59, a former Rome-based reporter for Fox News, joined the Vatican in 2012 as an advisor in the Vatican's
Secretariat of State and become spokesman in 2016. He is a member of the conservative Catholic group Opus Dei.
Ovejero, 43, a former reporter for the Spanish radio network COPE, was one of the highest-ranking women in the Vatican.
The Vatican said Alessandro Gisotti, an Italian journalist believed to be close to Tornielli, would be spokesperson for the