Pope Benedict XVI made two key Vatican appointments this morning.
The first was that of Archbishop Fernando Filoni who becomes the new prefect at the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. He replaces Cardinal Ivan Dias who has stepped down at the age of 75.
Like his predecessor, Archbishop Filoni is a trained Vatican diplomat. He was Apostolic Nuncio to Iraq during the war there and remained in the country during the allied invasion of 2003. He served briefly as nuncio to the Philippines in 2006 before coming to Rome in 2007 at the request of the Holy Father and, specifically, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican Secretary of State.
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