Pope replaces migrant 'minister'

Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday accepted the resignation of his "minister" in charge of migrants, Renato Martino, and named another Italian, Archbishop Antonio Maria Veglio as his successor.
Martino, 76, who had held that position since 2006, will remain president of the Vatican's Council for Justice and Peace.

Pope replaces migrant 'minister'
Veglio, his successor at the Council for Migrants and Itinerant Peoples, has held several important Vatican positions and is the former secretary of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches.
The migrants' council had on February 20 strongly criticised the adoption of a proposal by the Italian government allowing night patrols in big cities to fight crime.
But the Vatican distanced itself from the condemnation the following day, saying this was not its official position.
It was not clear if Martino's resignation was related to that incident.

Tuesday, March 3rd 2009

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