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Ratzinger assistant to head influential Italian diocese

John Paul II has appointed Archbishop Tarcisio Bertone, secretary of the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, as archbishop of Genoa.

Salesian Archbishop Bertone is replacing Cardinal Dionigi Tettamanzi, who was appointed in July as archbishop of Milan, another important Italian diocese.

68 year old Bertone has been Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger's "right hand" at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith since 1995.

He is a canon lawyer who was orgained in 1960. He collaborated in the last phase of the revision of the Code of Canon Law, which was promulgated in 1983, and directed the working group that translated it into Italian.

When his appointment was made public by the Vatican Press Office on Tuesday, Archbishop Bertone said: "Thy will be done."

"It is not just a matter of resisting in the faith, or of preserving the faith in good people, but rather of offering the criteria of faith as the key to resolve the problems of our society," he said.


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12 Dec 2002