Cardinal Tauran Named New Camerlengo

President of Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue Replaces Cardinal Bertone

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Pope Francis has appointed Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran and Archbishop Giampiero Gloder as the Roman Catholic Church’s Camerlengo and Vice-Camerlengo, respectively.

The Vatican announced the appointments Saturday.

While Cardinal Tauran serves as president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Msgr. Gloder serves as president of the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy.

The French cardinal succeeds Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, former Vatican Secretary of State, and the Italian archbishop succeeds Monsignor Pierluigi Celata, former secretary of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.

The Camerlengo has the role of acting as Vatican head of state when a Pontiff dies. However, it is not a full-time role. Thus, Cardinal Tauran will continue serving as president of his dicastery.


On ZENIT’s Web page:

Interview with Cardinal Tauran (earlier this month):

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Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in 5 languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, often from the Papal Flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has also asked him questions on the return-flight press conference on behalf of the English-speaking press present. Lubov has done much TV & radio commentary, including for NBC, Sky, EWTN, BBC, Vatican Radio, AP, Reuters and more. She also has contributed to various books on the Pope and has written for various Catholic publications. For 'The Other Francis': or

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