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Australian priest to head new world catholic media organisation

Fr Peter Malone MSC has been elected in Rome as the first president of SIGNIS.

SIGNIS has been formed by the union of the two world Catholic Associations for the audiovisual media, OCIC, the International Catholic Organisation for Cinema, and Unda, the international Catholic Organisation for Radio and Television.

The formation of SIGNIS is the culmination of a three year process which Fr Malone has presided over as world president of OCIC.

The vote by the former organisations, meeting in a World Congress in Rome, took place last Wednesday.

The first Assembly of SIGNIS was held on Monday. Fr Malone was elected president, Mr Augy Loorthusamy of Malaysia and Mrs Gaye Ortiz of the United States were elected Vice Presidents. SIGNIS has members in over 130 countries throughout the world.

Fr Peter Malone is an Australian Missionary of the Sacred Heart who is well-known for his film reviews in Annals Australia and other Catholic papers in Australia. In 1998, he was elected world president of OCIC.

Archbishop John Foley, head of the Vatican's Pontifical Council, was present for the first assembly of SIGNIS and presented Fr Malone and Sister Angela Ann Zukowski (outgoing president of Unda) with the medal Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice for distingushed service to the Church.

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