A Legionary of Christ, he worked with the Argentinean cardinal Eduardo Pironio for many years and has been head of Vatican City telecommunications until now
Following Bishop Giuseppe Sciacca’s transferral to the Apostolic Signatura, the Governorate has a new Secretary General: Fernando Vérgez Alzaga, a member of the Legionaries of Christ who has up until today been head of Vatican City telecommunications.
Fr. Vérgez was born in Salamanca, Spain, in March 1945 and twenty years later he made his perpetual profession to the Congregation of the Legionaries of Christ. He was ordained priest in 1969.
In 1972, after obtaining a degree in Philosophy and Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University and a diploma from the School of the Vatican Secret Archives, he began serving the Holy See through the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life. Three years later, Argentinean archbishop Eduardo Pironio (created cardinal by Paul VI in 1976) took over the dicastery’s leadership. Fr. Vérgez started working with him as Secretary. In April 1984, Cardinal Pironio left the Congregation for Religious to take over as President of the Pontifical Council for the Laity and Fr. Vérgez followed him, as his Secretary, until the cardinal left the post.
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