On Wednesday January 25, the Conference of Bishops of France (CEF) announced the appointment of new spokespersons. It is a question of “better serving its mission of carrying the word of the Church in society and of making known the different realities of the Catholic Church today in France”. In addition to Father Hugues de Woillemont, Secretary General of the CEF since September 2020, two bishops and two lay women, members of the General Secretariat, have been chosen to speak for the body. This new spokesperson will be effective from February 1, 2023.
“To carry the word of the Church”
Among the two bishops, Mgr Pierre-Antoine Bozo, 56, bishop of Limoges since September 2017 is also a member of the Permanent Council. Bishop of Troyes since February 2022, Msgr. Alexandre Joly, 51, has also been a member of the Permanent Council and coordinator of the national synodal process team for France since 2021.
Two lay people complete this new system. Diane Pilotaz has been Deputy Secretary General and Director of Communication of the CEF since May 2022. She is also Secretary of the Council for Communication. Sophie Daugérias has also been Deputy Secretary General since September 2022. She is also Secretary of the Council for Christian Unity and Relations with Judaism, the Council for the Pastoral Care of Children and Youth, the Council for Solidarity and diakonia, and finally the Council for the Universal Mission of the Church.