Joaquín Navarro-Valls

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Navarro-Valls in July 2014

Joaquín Navarro-Valls, M.D. (16 November 1936 – 5 July 2017) was a Spanish journalist, physician and academic. He served as the Director of the Holy See Press Office from 1984 to 2006. He was born in Cartagena, Spain.

His role as the press liaison between the Vatican and the world press corps gave him perhaps the highest visibility of any one person in the Vatican during the long reign of Pope John Paul II, with the exception of the Pope himself. He resigned his post July 11th, 2006 and was replaced by Father Federico Lombardi.

On January 20th, 2007, he was named president of the board of advisers of the Biomedical University of Rome, an office he occupied until his death.[1]

Navarro-Valls died in Rome, Italy on July 5th 2017 of pancreatic cancer, aged 80.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 "È morto Navarro-Valls, il 'portavoce' di Giovanni Paolo II". Corriere della Sera. Corriere della Sera. 5 July 2017. Retrieved 5 July 2017.

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