>> The Vatican's ending a year of upheaval with two more resignations. On Monday both it's spokesman Greg Burke and his deputy Paloma Garcia of Ovejero quit. The pair wanted more autonomy from the Vatican department that oversees all communication according to a source. However, in a tweet, Burke wrote that they had stepped down to let the Pope appoint a new team in a, quote, time of transition.
Their resignations come two weeks after Pope Francis appointed the Italian journalist Andrea
a personal friend of the pontiff. As editorial director of all communications, the hire could make him particularly influential. The vatican is likely to be hopeful or a better year ahead after a former spokesman quit in March after a doctored letter that sparked a public relation fiasco.
His resignation came two months after the Pope warned of the dangers of fake news.>>