Lunedì, 24 Settembre 2018

Pope appoints new undersecretary for relations with states


Vatican City, February 22 - Pope Benedict XVI on
Friday appointed Monsignor Antonio Camilleri to replace
Monsignor Ettore Balestrero as the new undersecretary for
relations with states amid rumours of the latter's involvement
in the recent so-called Vatileaks affair.
Monsignor Camilleri previously served as nunciature
counsellor in the same department.
Monsignor Balestrero, a close aide of Secretary of State
Tarcisio Bertone, oversaw relations between the Holy See and the
controversial Vatican Bank (IOR) and headed up the Vatican
delegation to the Council of Europe's MONEYVAL committee on
financial transparency in its bid to join the 'white list' of
states that respect international standards on combatting money
laundering and the financing of terrorism.
He has been appointed apostolic nuncio to Colombia and
archbishop of the city of Vittoriana.

photo: Balestrero with then foreign minister Franco Frattini in

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