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ELEVATION TO THE EPISCOPAL ORDER OF THE SECRETARY GENERAL OF VATICAN CITY STATE GOVERNORATE

Vatican City, 15 October 2013 (VIS) - The Holy Father has written a letter to Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello, president of the Governorate of Vatican City State, on the elevation to the dignity of bishop of Fr. Fernando Vergez Alzaga L.C., secretary general of the same body.

In the text, the Pope explains that "from the specific nature of the Apostolic See, which has a spiritual and pastoral mission in favour of the Church of Rome and the Universal Church, derives the special responsibility of those who are linked to it by bonds of employment, and the commitment to scrupulous fidelity in all the tasks and duties assigned to them in terms of industriousness, professionalism and honesty".

Therefore, it is the responsibility of the secretary general of the Governorate "to undertake directly the human and Christian formation of employees and collaborators, to co-ordinate the priests charged with the task of spiritual assistance, who are already present in the various sectors, and to promote appropriate initiatives, especially in conjunction with the pastoral programmes of the universal Church and in the 'Tempi Forti' of the liturgical year".

"Considering these tasks, I have decided to elevate Fr. Fernando Vergez Alzaga L.C. to the dignity of bishop", concluded the Holy Father.

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