New Secretary-General of Vatican City Named

VATICAN CITY, FEB. 22, 2005 ( John Paul II appointed Bishop Renato Boccardo, until now secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, as new secretary-general of Vatican City State.

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He substitutes Bishop Gianni Danzi, 65, who has been named prelate of Loreto and papal delegate for the shrine of Loreto, the Vatican press office announced today. The latter was raised to the dignity of archbishop.

Bishop Danzi substitutes Archbishop Angelo Comastri, 61, who was appointed by John Paul II as the Pope’s vicar general for Vatican City, as well as coadjutor of the archpriest of St. Peter’s Basilica. He is also president of the office of the Vatican’s chief engineer.

Bishop Boccardo, 52, is also in charge of the organization of papal trips.

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