Vatican City, Feb 20, 2021 / 06:18 am
Pope Francis on Saturday named Cardinal Mauro Gambetti, O.F.M. Conv., to succeed Cardinal Angelo Comastri as archpriest of St. Peter’s Basilica and vicar general for Vatican City State.
The resignation of Comastri, 77, was also accepted by Pope Francis Feb. 20. Comastri had filled the posts since 2005.
Gambetti, who was elevated to the position of cardinal in November 2020, was general custos, or head, of the convent attached to the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi from 2013 to 2020.
With the positions of archpriest and vicar general, Gambetti was also appointed president of the Fabric of St. Peter, the office responsible for maintenance of the basilica.