Michael Warsaw, chairman and CEO of EWTN Global Catholic Network, has been named by Pope Francis as an adviser to the Vatican Secretariat for Communications.

The Vatican released the names of 13 appointments last week. Also included in the list are Graham Ellis, deputy director of BBC Radio, and Fr James Martin of America magazine.

Pope Francis named six priests, six lay men and one lay woman to be the new consultors or advisers to the communications body, which is led by Mgr Dario Vigano and coordinates the Vatican’s communications and media operations.

The consultors are an advisory group separate from the secretariat members – a group of 16 cardinals, bishops and lay people the Pope named last year.

Mr Warsaw, who joined EWTN in 1991, has held top-level management positions in television production, satellite operations and technical services. The network, which includes radio, publishing and the National Catholic Register, reaches more than 140 countries in the world.

Fr Martin, editor-at-large of the Jesuit magazine America, has a business degree and worked in corporate finance before entering the Society of Jesus. He is a frequent contributor to major media outlets in the United States and is a member of an Off-Broadway theatre company in New York City.

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