Giovanni Maria Vian

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Giovanni Maria Vian (born March 10, 1952) is an Italian professor of patristic philology and a journalist. Vian was born in Rome. He has been the editor-in-chief of L'Osservatore Romano since 2007.

Editorial positions[edit]

As director of L'Osservatore, he had to face controversy over whether the paper was giving unwarranted support to the Barack Obama administration.[1] His newspaper has also attracted attention for praising the Harry Potter series and publishing a eulogy for Michael Jackson.[2]


  1. ^ Editor of Vatican newspaper says ‘Obama is not pro-abortion’
  2. ^ Vatican Paper Heaps Praise on Harry Potter film