VATICAN CITY — Rumors have emerged that Archbishop Pietro Parolin, apostolic nuncio to Venezuela, will shortly be appointed as the Vatican’s secretary of state.
The move could take place as soon as June 29, the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul.
As the secretary of state must technically be a cardinal, he would first be appointed pro-secretary of state, retaining his status as archbishop. He would, however, be the acting secretary of state until a new appointment is made or until receiving the red biretta of the cardinal, thus taking officially the post.
A skilled diplomat, Archbishop Parolin, 58, served as Vatican undersecretary for relations with states from 2002 to 2009....READ MORE