3 Officials Named to Texts Council

Cardinal Herranz, 76, Retires

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VATICAN CITY, FEB. 15, 2007 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of the president of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, and appointed three top officials for the dicastery.

The retiring president, 76-year-old Cardinal Julián Herranz, stepped down for reasons of age, the Vatican press office announced today.

He was succeeded by Bishop Francesco Coccopalmerio, until now auxiliary bishop of Milan. With the appointment to lead the dicastery he was made an archbishop.

Francesco Coccopalmerio was born in San Giuliano Milanese, near Milan. He is a member of the Supreme Court of the Apostolic Signature.

Benedict XVI named Bishop Bruno Bertagna, 71, as vice president of the legislative-texts council, and with the appointment elevated him to archbishop. Until now, the prelate had been the secretary of the dicastery.

The office of vice president of the dicastery is one recently instituted by Benedict XVI.

Bruno Bertagna was born in Tiedoli di Borgo Val di Taro, Italy.

The Pontiff appointed as secretary of the council, Monsignor Juan Ignacio Arrieta Ochoa de Chinchetru, 55, a member of Opus Dei.

He is a native of Vitoria, Spain, and has been rector of the St. Pius X Institute of Canon Law of Venice, and judge of the ecclesiastical tribunal of Vatican City State.