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Pope set to replace Vatican Secretary of State Bertone

Archbishop Pietro Parolin to take over in mid-October

Pope set to replace Vatican Secretary of State Bertone

Vatican City, August 30 - Pope Francis is set to replace the Vatican's powerful Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone, Italian daily Corriere della Sera said on Friday. Bertone will be replaced by archbishop Pietro Parolin who is currently the Holy See's representative in Venezuela. The official announcement will come on Saturday, the paper said. Bertone will remain president of the Commission of Cardinals until December when a progress report by the Council of Europe's MONEYVAL Committee on anti-money laundering procedures will be issued for the Vatican Bank, formally called the Institute of Religious Works (IOR). Bertone, who was appointed secretary of state during Benedict XVI's papacy, is said to have been a divisive figure within the Vatican and was widely seen as the target of the so-called 'Vatileaks' campaign involving confidential Church documents leaked to the press by the pope's butler last year. (Photo: Vatican Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone)

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