.- Pope Benedict XVI has re-appointed indefinitely Cardinal Camillo Ruini as Vicar General for the Diocese of Rome and President of the Bishops’ Conference of Italy.
According to the Vatican Information Service, the re-appointment is for an indefinite period of time. Cardinal Ruini, whose term was scheduled to end on March 6, will turn 75 this Sunday.
According to the statutes of the Bishops’ Conference of Italy, the Pope himself, as Bishop of Rome, designates the president. Normally the post is held in five-year periods.
Since 1991 Cardinal Ruini has been the Vicar General for the Diocese of Rome and archpriest of the Patriarchal Basilica of St. John Lateran’s, and has been grand chancellor of the Pontifical Lateran University.