Vatican City, Nov 8, 2018 / 17:01 pm America/Denver (CNA).
Pope Francis appointed Thursday two lay lawyers to tribunals of the Holy See and Vatican City.
On Nov. 8 Enrico Ferrannini was appointed substitute promoter of justice for the Vatican Court of Appeal, and Maria Fratangelo was named defender of the bond of the Roman Rota.
Fratangelo is likely the first woman to hold the position of defender of the bond of the Roman Rota.
The promoter of justice of the Court of Appeal is Raffaele Coppola, appointed by Pope Francis in 2013. The promoter of justice is the equivalent of a public prosecutor.
Ferrannini will be his substitute, or deputy. A canon lawyer, he was also a member of the ecclesiastical court of Benevento, and is an official of the Roman Rota.