Saturday, 31 August 2013

New Secretary of State of the Holy See

Consecration of Monsignor Parolin
by Pope Benedict in 2009.
The Most Reverend Pietro Parolin, presently Apostolic Nuncio to Venezuela, was named by Pope Francis as Secretary of State of the Holy See today.

Italian by birth, the 58 year old Archbishop had previously been an official of the Secretariat of State during the Pontificates of the Blessed John Paul II and Benedict XVI.

On 12th September, 2009, Pope Benedict consecrated Parolin a bishop along with four other prelates, in Saint Peter's Basilica.

Photographs taken at the Consecration are shewn adjacent.

Images Copyright Spaziani.