Joaquín Navarro-Valls, Spanish journalist, Died at 80


Joaquín Navarro-Valls, M.D. was born on November 16, 1936 and died on July 5, 2017.

He was a Spanish journalist, physician and academic.

He served as the Director of the Holy See Press Office from 1984 to 2006.

Navarro-Valls 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.

Navarro-Valls resigned his post July 11, 2006 and was replaced by Father Federico Lombardi.

On January 20, 2007, Navarro-Valls was named president of the board of advisers of the Biomedical University of Rome, an office he occupied until his death.

Joaquín Navarro-Valls passed away at 80 years old.