Martedì, 23 Ottobre 2018
VATICAN CITY

Pope 'set to sack Bertone' to mark new era

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(By Kate Carlisle)
Vatican City, August 30 - Rumbles of changes in
the Vatican were heard on Friday when Italian daily Corriere
della Sera said that Pope Francis is set to replace the Holy
See's powerful Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone.
Bertone will be replaced by archbishop Pietro Parolin who
is currently the Holy See's representative in Venezuela.
The South American pope's official announcement will come
on Saturday, the paper said.
Bertone will remain president of the Commission of
Cardinals until December when a progress report by the Council
of Europe's MONEYVAL Committee on anti-money-laundering
procedures will be issued for the Vatican Bank, formally called
the Institute of Religious Works (IOR).
Bertone, who was appointed secretary of state during
Benedict XVI's papacy, is said to have been a divisive figure
within the Vatican and was widely seen as the target of the
so-called 'Vatileaks' campaign involving confidential Church
documents leaked to the press by the pope's butler last year.
Other changes were confirmed when the pope named a new
head of the Vatican Governorate, the body that exercises the
pontiff's executive authority over the city state.
Father Fernando Vergez Alzaga of the Legionaries of Christ
congregation takes over from Msgr Giuseppe Sciacca, recently
named adjunct secretary of the Holy See's top court.
Father Vergez Alzaga will keep his existing post as head
of Vatican City telecommunications.
Meanwhile, the pope remembered two deceased cardinals on
Friday.
In a telegram to Archbishop Telesphore George Mpundu of
Lusaka, the pope said that he was "saddened" after the death of
Cardinal Medardo Joseph Mazombwe, archbishop emeritus of Lusaka
and Zambia's first cardinal.
Francis praised Mazombwe's "unfailing commitment to the
spread of the Gospel in Africa and his tireless efforts on
behalf of the poor".
Mazombwe died overnight Thursday following a long battle
with cancer.
Francis applauded the establishment of a foundation
honoring Jesuit cardinal Carlo Maria Martini is an "act of
justice".
"Martini was a father for all of the Church. Even for us
at the 'end of the world' who studied his texts," the Argentine
pope said.
Martini was archbishop of Milan from 1980 to 2002.
The foundation, created by the Italian Province of the
Society of Jesus, in collaboration with the Archdiocese of
Milan, was established "to honour the memory of this eminent
cardinal and scholar and to promote the study both of his life
and of his works," a release from the foundation said.
"It also intends to keep alive the spirit that animated
his activities and which favoured the experience and knowledge
of the word of God within the context of contemporary culture".
Francis remembered Martini, who died in 2012, as a
"prophet and man of judgement and peace".

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