As an op with the early word put it on Tuesday, “this is going to be big” – and indeed it is: in a move without precedent for the 500 year-old Roman Curia, the Pope has given a top-level Vatican post to a member of the laity.Marking an attempted reboot at his fraught reform of the Holy See’s media properties, at Roman Noon this Thursday Francis named Paolo Ruffini – the 61 year-old serving until now as head of the Italian bishops’ broadcast outlet TV2000 – as prefect of the recently-renamed Dicastery for Communications, the new umbrella organ encompassing Vatican

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