Papal Appointments Give Prelates Multiple Tasks

Benedict XVI Names Members to Roman Curia

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VATICAN CITY, JUNE 12, 2008 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI made a series of appointments to the Roman Curia, asking several prelates to serve in various areas.



The Pope made appointments for seven Vatican congregations.

He named Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, archbishop of Genoa, Italy, to three congregations, firstly to the Congregation for Eastern Churches.

The Italian prelate was also named, along with three other cardinals, to the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments. Cardinals Agustín García-Gasco y Vicente, archbishop of Valencia, Spain; Théodore-Adrien Sarr, archbishop of Dakar, Senegal, and John Foley, grand master of the Equestrian Order of the Knights of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem, were also placed on that congregation.

Cardinal Bagnasco was further appointed to the Congregation for Bishops, as were Cardinals André Vingt-Trois, archbishop of Paris; Cardinal Giovanni Lajolo, president of the Pontifical Commission for Vatican City State and of the Governorate of Vatican City State, and Cardinal Stanislaw Rylko, president of the Pontifical Council for the Laity.

Cardinal Foley was named to the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, along with Cardinal Sarr; Cardinals John Njue, archbishop of Nairobi, Kenya; Leonardo Sandri, prefect of the Congregation for Eastern Churches; and Paul Cordes, president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum.

Cardinal Cordes was also named to the Congregation for Saints' Causes, along with Cardinal Rylko and Cardinals Angelo Comastri, archpriest of the Basilica of St. Peter's in the Vatican and president of the Fabric of St. Peter's; and Raffaele Farina, archivist and librarian of Holy Roman Church.

Cardinal Cordes was further named to the Congregation for the Clergy, along with Cardinals Odilo Scherer, archbishop of São Paulo, Brazil; and Cardinal Njue.

Cardinal Farina was made a member of the Congregation for Catholic Education.

Other appointments were:

Cardinal Lluís Martínez Sistach of Barcelona, Spain, as a member of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura and as a member of the Pontifical Council for the Laity.

As members of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Cardinal Sean Baptist Brady, archbishop of Armagh, Ireland, and Cardinal Sandri.

As members of the presidential committee of the Pontifical Council for the Family, Cardinal García-Gasco y Vicente and Cardinal Vingt-Trois.

Cardinal Cordes was named a member of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, archbishop of Galveston-Houston, was appointed a member of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Travelers.

Cardinal Sandri was made a member of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.

Cardinal Lajolo was appointed a member of the Pontifical Council for Culture and the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See.

As members of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America, the Pope appointed Cardinal Francisco Robles Ortega, archbishop of Monterrey, Mexico, and Cardinal Rylko.

As members of the Pontifical Commission for the Cultural Patrimony of the Church, Cardinal Brady and Cardinal Farina were named.