December 11, 2013
Pope Francis makes key new appointments
Pope Francis’ campaign to set out a new vision of the Catholic Church has now reached key new appointments in the Roman Curia positions. Prefect Archbishop Beniamino Stella has been announced as the new head of the Congregation for the Clergy in chare of matters regarding priests and deacons.
72-year old Stella was until now President of the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy. He served as Apostolic Nuncio to Cuba and Colombia and will be now succeeding Cardinal Mauro Piacenza.
Piacenza, of 69 years old, has been appointed as Major Penitentiary, a role that will find him responsible for indulgences. Piacenza is considered in the Vatican to have close links with State Secretary Tarcisio Bertone, who will be leaving his post in October.
Other changes announced by the Argentine pontiff were the replacement of General Secretary of the Synod of Bishops, the Croatian Nikola Eterovic. 73-year old Italian Lorenzo Baldisseri has been designated as his successor.