Vatican City, Sep 9, 2021 / 04:50 am
Pope Francis on Wednesday named the 76-year-old Bishop Fernando Vérgez Alzaga as president of the Governorate of Vatican City State.
Vérgez, a member of the Legionaries of Christ, succeeds the 78-year-old Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello as head of government of Vatican City and president of the Pontifical Commission for Vatican City State, a legislative body.
The Holy See press office said on Sept. 8 that Vérgez would take up his new role on Oct. 1, the day of Bertello’s 79th birthday, and that the pope had conferred on him the personal title of archbishop.
Vérgez was born in Salamanca, Spain, in 1945. He made his perpetual profession with the Legionaries of Christ in 1965 and was ordained a priest in 1969.