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2013-09-02

On Friday, Pope Francis named 68-year-old Father Fernando Vérgez Alzaga as the secretary for the Vatican City-State Governorate, the second in command at the department that oversees the administration of the Vatican City-State.  

Father Vérgez Alzaga was born in Salamanca, Spain, and up until this appointment, had served as the telecommunications director for Vatican City. As a member of the Legionaires of Christ, he studied philosophy and theology at the Gregorian University. 

The Spanish priest began his career at the Vatican working for the Congregation for Consecrated Life and Council for the Laity, before moving on to telecommunications.

As secretary of the Governorate, he will work alongside its president, Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello. The Governorate is in charge of the day to day administration of the Vatican City-State, which includes the Vatican Museums, the Observatory and the Vatican police.


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