Two key appointments to Roman Curia
Pope John Paul II has appointed a Slovenian prefect of the Congregation for Religious and a Croatian secretary general of the Synod of Bishops.
The appointments follows his acceptance of the resignations of Cardinal Eduardo Martinez Somalo (pictured right), the prefect of the Congregation for Religious, and Cardinal Jan Pieter Schotte (pictured left), the secretary general of the Synod of Bishops. Both had reached the retirement age of 75.
The new prefect of the Congregation for Religious will be Archbishop Franc Rode, the current Archbishop of Ljubljana, Slovenia. The new secretary general of the Synod of Bishops will be Archbishop Nikola Eterovic, a Croatian cleric who is currently serving as apostolic nuncio in Ukraine.
Archbishop Rode, a 69-year-old Lazarist priest, has previously served at the Vatican as secretary of the Pontifical Council for Culture and secretary of the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue, before becoming an archbishop in his native Slovenia. As the prefect of a Vatican congregation, he would be expected to be named a cardinal at the next consistory.
Cardinal Schotte, a 75-year-old Belgian, has headed the Synod of Bishops since 1984. During that time he has been responsible for the organization of a dozen meetings of the Synod, including a series of special meetings of bishops' synods from the various continents. A priest of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, he served at the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace before his latest assignment.
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Archbishop Franc Rodé, C.M. (catholic-hierarchy.org)
Jan Pieter Cardinal Schotte, C.I.C.M. (catholic-hierarchy.org)
Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life
Synod of Bishops
12 Feb 2004