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Pope Francis appoints a woman to lead the Vatican Museums!

Pope Francis chose Barbara Jatta as the next director of the Vatican Museums. Dr. Jatta succeeds Antonio Paolucci who was the director since 2007.

Dr. Jatta was previously the deputy director of the Vatican Museums. Her move to director makes her the first woman in the position and the highest-ranking female administrator in the Vatican. She began her appointment on January 1, 2017.

Dr. Jatta has been at the Vatican since 1996 where she served as curator of graphics in the prints department and the head of the Cabinet of Prints in the Vatican Apostolic Library. Dr. Jatta was also a professor of history of graphic arts at the University of Naples.

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