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Pope names Pietro Parolin as Vatican's new Secretary of State


Pope Francis took another important step in his overhaul of the Vatican power structure. He named Pietro Parolin as the Secretary of State, his most important appointment to date in his four month pontificate.  

Just days after his election, the Pope provisionally ratified all appointments to the Roman Curia, including 78-year-old Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone as the Secretary of State. Benedict XVI extended the cardinal's mandate on two occasions, and during the Sede Vacante period, Bertone presided over the Vatican's papal transition as Camerlengo.

With this new appointment, the Pope has chosen the person who will become his right-hand man in the challenging task of reforming the Curia and the Catholic Church. 

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