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New appointments to Curia may alter Italian influence

Catholic World News - May 25, 2012

Sandro Magister of L’Espresso notes that a number of influential officials in the Roman Curia, including a disproportionate number of Italian prelates—are likely to be replaced in coming weeks.

Of the 10 curial officials he considers most likely to step down, Magister notes that 7 are Italian. The increasing influence of Italian prelates during the pontificate of Benedict XVI has often been a subject of conversation among Vatican-watchers.

Most of the potential appointments that Magister discusses involve officials at the second echelon of authority in the Roman Curia. It is at this level—with secretaries of major congregations and presidents of pontifical councils—that the Italian influence is most pronounced.

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