Nataša Govekar

Nataša Govekar was born on 4 June 1975, in Šempeter pri Gorici, Slovenia. In 2001, she graduated from the University of Ljubljana with a bachelor`s degree in Slovene Language and Literature, her thesis focusing on “The search of God in the works of the contemporary writer Marjan Rožanc”, as well as with a bachelor`s degree in Theology. She completed her studies obtaining a Licentiate and a PhD in Missiology at the Pontifical Gregorian University, with a dissertation on The communication of Faith through images, as seen in the Basilica of Sainte-Marie-Madeleine in Vézelay (2007). Nataša belongs to the small group of Women Religious, who, together with the Jesuits, constitute the team of the Aletti Centre. There, she deals with the relationship between art and faith, theology of art, as well as iconographic research, liturgical art and the methods of spiritual communication through art and symbolic language. She teaches Criteria of liturgical art and Interpretation of Faith through Art at the Atelier di Teologia Card. T. Špidlík of Aletti Centre.
Her theological and iconographic research, as well as her editorial activity and translation work for Lipa publishing house, has always been accompanied by her pastoral activity dedicated to the same themes.

In February 2016, Pope Francis nominated Nataša Govekar Director of the Theological-Pastoral Department of the Secretariat for Communication, Dicastery instituted on 27 June 2015 as part of the restructuring process regarding the realities which, up to the present, have dealt with the Holy See`s communications, in order to respond ever better to the needs of the mission of the Church.