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Pope begins search for new head of Doctrine of the Faith

Benedict XVI has a special connection to this position, where he served for 24 years before being elected pope. This congregation has taken on an important role in recent years for managing cases of sex abuse inside the Church. It?s also assigned to help integrate Anglicans who wish to be in communion with Rome. Vaticanists are watching closely as to who could be the next successor. Vatican journalist Andrea Tornielli has said it could be Cardinal Angelo Amato, a former secretary of the department, but at 73 years old and being another Italian in a field of Prefects domanited by Italians, he believes the next Prefect could be from another country. Other possible candidates include the German bishop Gerhardt Ludwig Muller, as well as Roland Minnerath, the bishop of Dijon, France. There is also the Spanish Jesuit Luis Ladaria and the Dominican American Joseph Augustin Di Noia, both of whom were Ratzinger collaborators inside the Doctrine of the Faith.Whoever the new Prefect may be, he will be assigned to the task of protecting Catholic orthodoxy and promoting Faith. AERRJM-BN