Keynote speaker:

Communicating to the Universal Church in a Time of Division

Tuesday, June 30, 2020  |  12:45-1:30 p.m. 

Born in Palermo Italy, Dr. Ruffini graduated in Law from Rome University La Sapienza.  Ruffini has been a professional journalist since 1979 and has worked for years in the print media; first at Il Mattino in Naples (1979-1986) and then at Il Messaggero in Rome (1986-1996). He has been Director of Giornale Radio Rai (1996-2002), Gr Parlamento (1998-2002), Radio 1 (1999-2002), Rai Tre (2002-2011) and La7 (2011-2014). 

In April 2014, he was appointed director of Italian bishops' conference television channel, Tv2000, the media of the Italian Episcopal Conference. During his career, he has received several journalism awards and has taken part in numerous study conferences on the role of Christians in information, the ethics of communication and new media.   

In July 2018, he was appointed by the Holy Father Pope Francis as the Prefect of the Dicastery for Communication, which brought together the various media of the Holy See (Vatican Radio, Vatican Television Center, Pontifical Council for Social Communications; Holy See Press Office, Vatican Internet Service, Photographic Service, L’Osservatore Romano, Libreria Editrice Vaticana and Tipografia Vaticana) and has created the Vatican News portal.  

Bishop Paul Tighe

Plenary speaker

"Catholic media in Service of a culture of encounter: challenges and opportunities”

Wednesday, July 1, 2020  |  1:30-2:30 p.m. 

Bishop Paul Tighe, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Culture, grew up in Ireland, graduating from University College Dublin in 1979 with a degree in Civil Law. Having studied for the priesthood at Holy Cross College, Dublin and at the Pontifical Irish College in Rome, he was ordained a priest of the Dublin Diocese in 1983.

His first appointment was as parish chaplain and teacher in Ballyfermot. Subsequently, he studied Moral Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University and in 1990 was appointed as a Lecturer in Moral Theology at the Mater Dei Institute of Education in Dublin and at Holy Cross College. He was appointed head of the Theology department in 2000.

In 2004, he was named as Director of the Communications Office of Dublin Diocese. In 2005, he established the Office for Public Affairs which aimed to promote the engagement of the Diocese with public institutions and civic society.

In November 2007 Pope Benedict XVI announced his appointment as Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications. In December 2015 he was appointed titular Bishop of Drivastrum and Adjunct Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Culture by Pope Francis and in 2017 Pope Francis nominated him Secretary.