Secretary for Saints Congregation Named

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VATICAN CITY, MAY 6, 2007 ( Benedict XVI named Monsignor Michele Di Ruperto as secretary of the Congregations for Saints' Causes and elevated him to archbishop. He had been the undersecretary of that congregation since 1993.

On Saturday the Vatican press office announced that Monsignor Di Ruberto will replace Archbishop Edward Nowak, 67, who has been named the assessor of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem and canon of St. Peter's Basilica.

Michele Di Ruperto was born in Pietra Montecorvino in 1934 and ordained a priest in 1957.

He holds a degree in canon law from the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome as well as a degree in jurisprudence from the University of Naples.

The prefect of the Congregation for Saints' Causes is Cardinal José Saraiva Martins, 75.