Vatican City, Feb 5, 2021 / 15:00 pm America/Denver (CNA).
Pope Francis on Friday tapped a long-time Rome prosecutor to be public prosecutor for the Vatican City State’s Court of Appeal.
He also nominated two new judges for the same court: Msgr. Francesco Viscome of the Roman Rota and Italian judge Massimo Massella Ducci Teri.
Catia Summaria, 73, will be the new promoter of justice, filling the position left vacant since Italian jurist Raffaele Coppola ended a six-year term in April 2019.
Summaria, who is married and has two daughters, is the first woman to be a prosecutor of the Vatican court.
The three appointments mark the start of a generational change within the Court of Appeal of the Vatican City State, whose president, Msgr. Pio Vito Pinto, is close to retirement. The appointments also follow Pope Francis’ trend of appointing Italian judges and prosecutors to the Vatican court.