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Cardinal Ouellet to Bishops; Archbishop Migliore to Poland

06/30/2010 Comment

Cardinal Marc Ouellet speaks at a gathering to mark the end of the Year for Priests at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls in Rome June 10. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Pope Benedict XVI has today made some significant and long awaited appointments to the Roman Curia:

• Cardinal Marc Ouellet, 66, until now Archbishop of Québec, becomes the new prefect of the Congregation for Bishops and president of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America, replacing Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, 76.
• Msgr. Ignacio Carrasco de Paula, chancellor of the Pontifical Academy for Life, has been appointed president of the Academy, replacing Archbishop Rino Fisichella.
• Archbishop Fisichella moves to become president of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, a new dicastery announced by the Holy Father on Monday.
• Fr. Enrico dal Covolo S.D.B., professor of Greek Christian Literature at the Pontifical Salesian University, becomes the new rector of the Pontifical Lateran University, a position also held until now by Archbishop Fisichella.
• Perhaps the most surprising and unforeseen appointment today, however, is that of Archbishop Celestino Migliore, until now the Permanent Observer of the Holy See at the United Nations. He becomes the new Apostolic Nuncio to Poland. There is no word yet on his replacement.

A good deal of speculation about many of these appointments has circulated in recent weeks, with at one time Cardinal George Pell, the Archbishop of Sydney, strongly tipped to become prefect of the Congregation for Bishops.

In another interesting development today, Benedict XVI received Archbishop André-Joseph Léonard of Mechelen-Brussels and president of the Belgian bishops conference. It follows the controversial police raid on the Church’s offices in Belgium last week.


Cardinal Ouellet is to give his reaction to the appointment at a press conference at 2pm EST. Readers can watch it, broadcast in English and French, here.

Filed under appointments, congregation for bishops, pontifical academy for life, pontifical council for the new evangelization, roman curia, united nations

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Edward Pentin began reporting on the Pope and the Vatican with Vatican Radio before moving on to become the Rome correspondent for the National Catholic Register. He has also reported on the Holy See and the Catholic Church for a number of other publications including Newsweek, Newsmax, Zenit, The Catholic Herald, and The Holy Land Review, a Franciscan publication specializing in the Church and the Middle East. Edward is the author of "The Rigging of a Vatican Synod? An Investigation into Alleged Manipulation at the Extraordinary Synod on the Family", published by Ignatius Press. Follow him on Twitter @edwardpentin