Pope Francis today appointed Archbishop Pietro Parolin, until now the Pope's diplomatic representative to Venezuela, as the new Vatican Secretary of State.
The 58 year-old apostolic nuncio replaces Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone who will step down from heading the most important dicastery in the Roman Curia on October 15th.
A modest, humble and highly competent Italian diplomat, Archbishop Parolin is well regarded in Rome. He is also the youngest prelate to be appointed Secretary of State since Eugenio Pacelli (later Pope Pius XII) in 1930 at the age of 53.
We will publish a full report on the appointment soon. In the meantime, here is Archbisop Parolin's statement, released today by...READ MORE