His Eminence George Cardinal Pell

POPE Francis has appointed Australia’s Cardinal George Pell to one of the church’s most senior jobs in Rome.

Cardinal Pell’s new position, as Prefect for the Secretariat of the Economy for the Holy See and the Vatican, ranks on a par with the Secretary of State.

The Pope and the Secretary of State and the new Secretary of the Economy will be the triumvirate that, going forward, will lead the Vatican.

Francis formalized the new Vatican office Monday in a decree known as a motu proprio. He gave the decree the Latin title Fidelis dispensator et prudens, “A faithful and wise manager.”

The title is taken from the Gospel of Luke, where Jesus tells a parable of managers who are put in charge of their masters’ goods and of the one that is disciplined after he puts the goods to bad use.


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