New President for Migrants Council

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VATICAN CITY, MARCH 1, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Archbishop Antonio Vegliò is replacing Cardinal Renato Martino at the head of the Pontifical Council for Migrants and Travelers.

Benedict XVI moved the 71-year-old archbishop from his role as secretary of the Congregation for Eastern Churches, the Vatican announced Saturday. Cardinal Martino, 76, has asked to retire for reasons of age. He is still, however, the president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.

Antonio Vegliò was born in 1938 in central Italy. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1962. Before being named to the Roman Curia, he served some 14 years in the Vatican diplomatic service, principally in Africa and the Middle East.

He was named secretary of the Congregation for Eastern Churches in 2001.