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Veteran Vatican diplomat to replace Archbishop Tauran

The Vatican has named Archbishop Giovanni Lajolo Secretary for Relations with States, replacing Archbishop Jean-Louis Tauran, who has retired due to ill health.

Archbishop Lajolo, who has been serving as the apostolic nuncio in Germany, will become in effect the Vatican's foreign minister. 60 year old French Archbishop Tauran, who is suffering from Parkinson's Disease, is expected to be assigned to a less stressful post at the Vatican. He also becomes a Cardinal later this month.

Archbishop Lajolo is a 69-year-old northern Italian, who has worked in the Vatican's diplomatic service since 1970. He has been apostolic nuncio in Germany since 1995.

The Vatican's "foreign minister" serves under the Secretary of State, currently Cardinal Angelo Sodano.

Rumours suggest Archbishop Tauran could be assigned as archpriest of St. Peter's basilica. That post is currently held Archbishop - soon to be Cardinal - Francesco Marchisano, who is in line to replace Cardinal Jorge Mejia as Vatican librarian and archivist.

Meanwhile Pope John Paul II has appointed Bishop Stanislaw Rylko, secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Laity since 1996, as its new president. He succeeds Cardinal Francis Stafford, who was named the major penitentiary of the Church.

Polish Bishop Rylko, 58, is a close personal friend of the Pope. He is also a consultor of the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and a member of the pontifical councils for the family and for migrants, and of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America.

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Archbishop Giovanni Lajolo ( | Archbishop Jean-Louis Pierre Tauran | Angelo Cardinal Sodano | Jorge María Cardinal Mejía | Archbishop Francesco Marchisano | Archbishop Stanislaw Rylko | James Francis Cardinal Stafford
Vatican Secretariat of State
Pontifical Council for the Laity

8 Oct 2003