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New papal appointments.

Vatican City -- The Vatican press office has announced two important curial appointments.

Cardinal Angelo Sodano, 78, Vatican Secretary of State, will be replaced by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, 71, of Genoa, at one time Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, under Cardinal Ratzinger as Prefect. As Secretary of State, Cardinal Bertone's position is second only to the Pope's in the Vatican hierarchy; he will co-ordinate the work of major Vatican departments, including their dealings with the Church's worldwide operations.

The second change came with the retirement of American Cardinal Edmund Szoka, 78, as governor of Vatican City. His replacement is Archbishop Giovanni Lajolo, currently the Holy See's secretary for relations with states, or "foreign minister." Msgr. Lajolo's new position is to oversee the everyday running of Vatican City State and its institutions, such as the Vatican Museums.

Many top curial officials are now at, or approaching, official Vatican retirement age (75), thus giving Benedict XVI the opportunity to assemble his own "team" to assist in the work of his papacy. The two appointments noted here take effect September 15.

Also appointed was Father Federico Lombardi, S.J., as the new director of the Vatican press office. He replaces Joaquin Navarro-Valls, the Opus Dei psychiatrist who served Popes John Paul II and Benedict as spokesman for 22 years.
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Title Annotation:Cardinal Angelo Sodano and Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone appointed
Publication:Catholic Insight
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Date:Sep 1, 2006
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