July 11, 2006

Navarro-Valls to resign as Vatican spokesman: source

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Joaquin Navarro-Valls, the chief
Vatican spokesman whose name became known around the world
during the pontificate of John Paul II, is stepping down, a
Vatican source said on Tuesday.

The source said the Vatican would announce later on Tuesday
that Pope Benedict had accepted Navarro-Valls' resignation and
had appointed Father Federico Lombardi, the Jesuit director of
Vatican Radio and Vatican Television, to succeed him.

Navarro-Valls, a Spaniard who has been spokesman for more
than two decades, had expressed an interest in moving on.