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(ZENIT News / Vatican City, 30.11.2022).- Made public around midday on November 30 was the resignation of Jesuit priest Juan Antonio Guerrero Alves, S.J., who held the post of Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy.
Given the type of post, comparable to the Head of a Dicastery of the Roman Curia, the priest’s resignation had first to be accepted by the Pope. The Holy See Press Office said that the resignation was due to “personal reasons” and becomes effective on December 1.
In a letter addressed to employees and collaborators, Father Guerrero said: “As you know, I was intervened surgically in the course of this year; as a consequence, I am subjected to a medical treatment that is causing me certain secondary effects, which makes it difficult for me to carry out such a demanding task as the one I’m doing, and which requires a physical efficacy and mental concentration better than I have at this time.”
“Father Guerrero was able to put the economy in order; it was an intense and demanding job that bore many fruits. The Holy Father assures him of his prayers,” states the Vatican press release.
Dr Maximino Caballero Ledo, who had been working as General Secretary of the Secretariat for the Economy, succeeds the Prefect who resigned. He will be the second layman to head a “Dicastery, the first being the Prefect of the Dicastery for Communication. Caballero is Spanish, married and has children.