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Saturday, August 31, 2013

New Vatican Secretary of State

Bertone Out, Parolin In

Pray for the new Vatican Secretary of State Archbishop Pietro Parolin.
Come Holy Spirit, fill him with grace and enkindle in him the fire of your love. May he be effective in calming strife and fostering charity among nations. Our Lady Queen of Peace, pray for him. 

From Vatican Insider:
Parolin's temperament suggests that as Vatican Secretary of State he will try to take different ecclesiastical sensitivities into account, countering that self-referential aspect of the Church that Francis has always spoken out against. In the true spirit of Vatican diplomacy, Parolin has always been realistic, carefully studying contexts and problems that need to be solved and searching for possible solutions. In the face of the regional conflicts which continue to rock the world – starting with the Middle East – and the risk of new global clashes between old and new superpowers, the Holy See will once again be well placed to offer its wisdom and foresight in order to promote peace. Following Francis' path of pastoral conversion, Vatican diplomacy will be able to offer a creative contribution to Church action, inspired by the Bishop of Rome’s invitation to come out of itself and go out to men and women in the geographical and existential peripheries in which they live.
From Catholic News Agency

From BBC News 

From Reuters

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