Vatican City, May 29, 2018 / 23:07 pm
Pope Francis’ announcement of a consistory to create new cardinals will also have consequences for the offices of the Roman Curia.
Archbishop Giovanni Angelo Becciu, Substitute for General Affairs in the Secretariat of State, has been appointed prefect of the Congregation of the Cause of Saints, to replace Cardinal Angelo Amato, who will turn 80 on June 8.
Substitute for General Affairs - sometimes referred to as the deputy - is the number two position in the Secretariat of State. Archbishop Becciu will cease to hold that role as of June 29, 2018, and Pope Francis will have to appoint a new deputy for the Secretariat, currently headed by Cardinal Pietro Parolin.
It was noteworthy that Pope Francis had a private audience May 19 with Archbishops Gabriele Giordano Caccia and Nicola Girasoli, apostolic nuncios to the Philippines and Peru, respectively.
Archbishop Caccia has long been considered a possible candidate for the Secretariat of State number two position, as he worked alongside Cardinal Parolin in the ranks of the Secretariat of State: while Cardinal Parolin was serving as Vatican Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Archbishop Caccia was the assessor of the Secretariat of State.
Cardinal Parolin and Archbishop Caccia were then appointed together as nuncios to Venezuela and to Lebanon, respectively, and were ordained bishops together by Benedict XVI on Sep. 12, 2009.
Archbishop Caccia was made nuncio to the Philippines on Sep. 12, 2017.
Archbishop Nicola Girasoli was appointed nuncio to Peru in 2017. A diplomat since 1985, he worked in the Apostolic Nunciature to Indonesia and Australia, then he spent a period in the Vatican Secretariat of State before working in the Apostolic Nunciatures to Hungary, Belgium, the United States and Argentina. He was then appointed nuncio to Zambia and Malawi (2006-2011), to Trinidad and Tobago (2011-2017) and to Peru.