Saturday, August 31, 2013

Pope Ousts Cardinal in Effort to Enhance Admin.; Names Senior Vatican Diplomat His Sec. of State

Pope Francis today (August 31, 2013) appointed a senior Vatican diplomat as his new Secretary of State, ousting divisive cardinal Tarcisio Bertone as he looks to overhaul the Catholic Church's scandal-ridden administration, according to the Yahoo News website.

The pope's replacement for the "number two position" at the Vatican, Italian cleric Pietro Parolin, 58, is currently the Catholic Church's envoy to Venezuela and has worked on improving ties with communist China.

"The Holy Father has accepted ... the resignation of His Eminence Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone," the Vatican said in an announcement, adding that the changeover would formally take place on October 15.

Pope Francis has shown a strong reformist drive in his first few months in office and has set up a series of committees aimed at reforming the disgraceful Vatican hierarchy, its economic affairs, and its bank.

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