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New Patriarch of Venice appointed

January 31, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI has named a new Patriarch of Venice: Francesco Moraglia, who has been heading the Italian diocese of La Spezia.

A native of Genoa, Archbishop Moraglia was ordained there in 1977, and named Bishop of La Spezia in 2007. He is seen as a firm ally of Pope Benedict, who made the appointment to the historic Venice patriarchate without the usual extended discussions at the Congregation for Bishops.

The new patriarch replaces Cardinal Angelo Scola, who was named in June to become the Archbishop of Milan, the largest Italian see. Cardinal Scola is widely regarded as a likely successor to Pope Benedict XVI.


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