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Pope names new secretary of state, the "deputy pope"
August 31, 2013 / 10:14 AM / 4 years ago

Pope names new secretary of state, the "deputy pope"

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis on Saturday made the most significant appointment of his pontificate so far, naming a veteran diplomat as his secretary of state, Vatican prime minister and chief aide - a role often called the “deputy pope”.

Pope Francis waves as he leaves following a private visit at the Saint Agostino church in Rome August 28, 2013. REUTERS/Max Rossi

Archbishop Pietro Parolin’s appointment ends the era of Cardinal Tarciscio Bertone, who was widely blamed for failing to prevent ethical and financial scandals that marked the eight-year reign of former Pope Benedict, who resigned in February.

Reporting by Philip Pullella; Editing by Louise Ireland

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