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New leaders for Vatican city-state administration

Catholic World News - September 05, 2011

The Vatican has announced an overhaul in the leadership of the Governatorate that administers the affairs of the Vatican city-state.

Archbishop Giuseppe Bertello, who has been the apostolic nuncio in Italy, will become the president of the Governatorate, effective October 1. He will replace Cardinal Giovanni Lajolo, who is retiring at the age of 76.

Msgr. Giuseppe Sciacaa, a 56-year-old official of the Roman Rota, was named secretary of the Governatorate, effective immediately. He replaces Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, who is rumored to be in line for a new assignment as apostolic nuncio to the United States.

The retirement of Cardinal Lajolo had long been anticipated. Earlier this year it was reported that his replacement would be Archbishop Pietro Sambi, who was then serving as apostolic nuncio in Washington. But Archbishop Sambi died on July 27, after unexpected complications following lung surgery.

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