New Organizer Named for Papal Trips Abroad

VATICAN CITY, FEB. 11, 2001 ( The priest responsible for the Youth Section of the Pontifical Council for the Laity is moving from the organization of World Youth Days to the planning of international papal trips.

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Italian Father Renato Boccardo was appointed chief of protocol with special responsibilities in the State Secretariat. The Vatican announced the papal appointment Saturday.

Vatican experts see Father Boccardo as a substitute for Father Roberto Tucci, who had organized papal trips. Father Tucci will soon be 80, and will be made a cardinal Feb. 21.

Father Boccardo, a diocesan priest who has been in the ecclesiastical diplomatic service, organized the World Youth Days with John Paul II in Denver (1993), Manila (1995), Paris (1997) and Rome (2000).

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