“This call is yet another and the latest of God’s surprises in my life,” says Parolin

Vatican Insider

Pope Francis has officially appointed Pietro Parolin as Tarcisio Bertone’s successor and all the Secretariat of State’s top officials have been confirmed. Parolin, who will take up the post on 15 October, thanked Francis “for the unmerited trust he is showing me”


The Vatican’s new Secretary of State was officially appointed at midday today. Pope Francis accepted Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone’s resignation and nominated the current Nuncio to Venezuela, 58-year old Archbishop Pietro Parolin, as his replacement. Parolin will formally take up his new post on 15 October so until then Bertone will continue “with all the faculties inherent to that role.” The Holy See issued a statement saying that “on that occasion, His Holiness shall receive in audience Superiors and Officials of the Secretariat of State in order publically to thank Cardinal Bertone for his faithful and generous service to the Holy See, and to introduce them to the new Secretary of State.”

Pope Francis has also confirmed that the Vatican Secretariat of State’s other top officials will keep their posts: the substitute, Archbishop Giovanni Angelo Becciu; the Secretary for Relations with States, Dominique Mamberti; the Prefect of the Papal Household, Georg Gänswein; the assessor, Peter Wells and the Under-Secretary for Relations with States, Antoine Camilleri.

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