Dublin Bishop appointed to new Vatican Role

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Press Release Saturday October 28th October 2017

Bishop Paul Tighe appointed Secretary to Council for Culture


The Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin has congratulated Bishop Paul Tighe on his appointment by Pope Francis as secretary of  the Pontifical Council for Culture  today (Saturday October 28th). Bishop Tighe has been serving as adjunct secretary to the Council for over a year.

The President of the Council for Culture is Cardinal Gianfranco Ravassi.

Bishop Tighe was first appointed to the Vatican from the Dublin Diocese in 2007 when he was appointed Secretary to the Pontifical Council for Communications.

His episcopal ordination took place in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome in April last year. He was appointed titular Bishop of Drivastrum and Adjunct Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Culture by Pope Francis in December 2015



Bishop Paul Tighe was born on the 12th February 1958. He attended the De La Salle Primary School, Navan and completed his secondary education at Summerhill College, Sligo.  He graduated 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 was assigned to study Moral Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. In 1990, he 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.   In January of 2007 he was appointed Chaplain to His Holiness with the title Very Reverend Monsignor.  In November of that year Pope Benedict announced his appointment as Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications.  In January 2008 he was appointed Prelate of Honour, receiving the title Right Reverend Monsignor.   ENDS


• Further Information: Annette O Donnell, Director of Communications communications@dublindiocese.ie

• For more detail on the work of the Pontifical Council for Culture please visit www.cultura.va/content/cultura/en.html