Vatican City, Mar 16, 2021 / 17:00 pm
An Italian bishop is carrying out a visitation at the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments less than a month after Cardinal Robert Sarah resigned as prefect.
According to media reports, Bishop Claudio Maniago of Castellaneta, president of the liturgy commission of the Italian bishops' conference, began a visitation to the Vatican’s liturgy office March 15.
Maniago is also a member of the Congregation for Divine Worship, appointed in 2016.
Pope Francis accepted Cardinal Sarah’s resignation as prefect of the Divine Worship congregation Feb. 20. His successor to lead the office has not yet been named.
Information about Maniago’s visitation has not been made public, but Italian newspaper La Stampa wrote March 16 that it had confirmed it was taking place and seen an internal email of the congregation announcing the visitation.
According to La Stampa, the March 12 email, from Archbishop Arthur Roche, secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship, said: “The Holy Father has decided, before making appointments to the Congregation, that there should be a visit to the Dicastery by one of his representatives.”
The email reportedly further said that Maniago would be learning about the congregation's work and meeting with officials one-by-one.
“I have already expressed to the Holy Father our openness to this visit and our sure and sincere welcome to Msgr. Maniago,” Roche reportedly wrote. “There is nothing to be alarmed about in this. As you know, this style of visit is now becoming a regular occurrence at the end of the mandate of the heads of the Dicastery or at the time of a significant change.”