June 30, 2010.
After several months of speculation, Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re has resigned from his position as head of the Congregation for Bishops.
His successor will be the Church's top official in Canada, Cardinal Marc Ouellet. He is the Archbishop of Quebec and the Roman Catholic Primate of Canada.
This assignment is significant because the Congregation selects bishops for most of the dioceses around the world.
Cardinal Ouellet spent most of his priestly career as a professor and rector in seminaries. He served as secretary of the Council for Promoting Christian Unity and became the archbishop of Quebec in 2002.
He also served with Benedict XVI on the editorial board of the Communio, an international theological journal. He is fluent in six languages.