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Pope 'set to sack Bertone' to mark new era

Vatican Governorate also set to change

Pope 'set to sack Bertone' to mark new era

(By Kate Carlisle) Vatican City, August 30 - Rumbles of changes in the Vatican were heard on Friday when Italian daily Corriere della Sera said that Pope Francis is set to replace the Holy See's powerful Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone. Bertone will be replaced by archbishop Pietro Parolin who is currently the Holy See's representative in Venezuela. The South American pope's 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. Other changes were confirmed when the pope named a new head of the Vatican Governorate, the body that exercises the pontiff's executive authority over the city state. Father Fernando Vergez Alzaga of the Legionaries of Christ congregation takes over from Msgr Giuseppe Sciacca, recently named adjunct secretary of the Holy See's top court. Father Vergez Alzaga will keep his existing post as head of Vatican City telecommunications. Meanwhile, the pope remembered two deceased cardinals on Friday. In a telegram to Archbishop Telesphore George Mpundu of Lusaka, the pope said that he was "saddened" after the death of Cardinal Medardo Joseph Mazombwe, archbishop emeritus of Lusaka and Zambia's first cardinal. Francis praised Mazombwe's "unfailing commitment to the spread of the Gospel in Africa and his tireless efforts on behalf of the poor". Mazombwe died overnight Thursday following a long battle with cancer. Francis applauded the establishment of a foundation honoring Jesuit cardinal Carlo Maria Martini is an "act of justice". "Martini was a father for all of the Church. Even for us at the 'end of the world' who studied his texts," the Argentine pope said. Martini was archbishop of Milan from 1980 to 2002. The foundation, created by the Italian Province of the Society of Jesus, in collaboration with the Archdiocese of Milan, was established "to honour the memory of this eminent cardinal and scholar and to promote the study both of his life and of his works," a release from the foundation said. "It also intends to keep alive the spirit that animated his activities and which favoured the experience and knowledge of the word of God within the context of contemporary culture". Francis remembered Martini, who died in 2012, as a "prophet and man of judgement and peace".

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