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Pope Francis to ordain former secretary of Benedict XVI a bishop

Pope Francis will ordain three new bishops on Monday. They're all collaborators from the Vatican Secretariat of State and the Curia. 

Among them is Alfred Xuereb, a 60-year-old from Malta. He was Benedict XVI's secretary as well as for Pope Francis, who would later name him the no. 2 of the Secretariat for the Economy. The pope sent him as a nuncio to Korea, during this sensitive time for the country. 

The Holy Father will also ordain Waldemar Stanislaw Sommertag, a 50-year-old from Poland who will be the new nuncio in Nicaragua. He was previously a high-ranking official in the Secretariat of State. 

The third new bishop is 55-year-old José Avelino Bettencourt, the head of protocol in the Secretariat of State and nuncio in Georgia and Armenia.