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VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis has named a former Fox TV correspondent to replace his longtime spokesman and tapped a Spanish woman to be his deputy, the first time a woman has held the post.
Greg Burke takes over from the Rev. Federico Lombardi, a Jesuit like Francis who has been Vatican spokesman for a decade. Burke recently moved in as Lombardi's deputy after working as a communications adviser in the Vatican's secretariat of state.
Burke's deputy will be Paloma Garcia Ovejero, who is the Vatican correspondent for the Spanish broadcaster "Cadena Cope."
The change announced Monday is part of an overhaul of the Vatican's entire communications operations.