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Pope visits Secretariat of State, speaks to entire staff

April 12, 2013

Pope Francis visited the offices of the Vatican Secretariat of State on April 12, meeting with all the staff members.

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Secretary of State, welcomed the Pope to the offices and assured him of the dedication of all the employees.

A brief Vatican statement on the 50-minute meeting indicated that the Pope had thanked the officials of the Secretariat of State for their work. He pointed out that his pontificate was approaching the one-month mark.

The Secretariat of State—which handles the internal paperwork of the Vatican as well as foreign affairs—has come under critical scrutiny because of a series of gaffes during the pontificate of Benedict XVI, culminating in the “Vatileaks” scandal. During the general congregations leading up to the March papal conclave, many cardinals called for changes in the administration.


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