Cardinal Bertone to vacation in Alpine village favored by Pontiffs
June 04, 2013
Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican Secretary of State, will spend the first two weeks of August vacationing in Valle d'Aosta, in the chalet that has previously been used as a vacation spot by Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI.
Cardinal Bertone, who had accompanied both Pontiffs on their vacation in the Italian Alpine region, reportedly wants a quiet and relaxing vacation, and will not plan any public appearances apart from a Mass.
Rumors that Cardinal Bertone is preparing to resign from his post as Secretary of State have begun circulating in Rome. The Italian prelate, who is 78, was appointed to that post by Pope Benedict XVI in September 2006. Because of his age, and because of the criticism leveled at the Secretariat of State during the discussions leading up to the recent papal conclave, Vatican-watchers expect Pope Francis to appoint his own candidate to the influential post.