Cardinal Dias promotion

Pope Benedict has appointed Cardinal Dias, Archbishop of Bombay, as Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples. He succeeds Cardinal Sepe who has been appointed to the Diocese of Naples. This is very good. The Guardian described Cardinal Dias as "a staunch conservative close to Pope John Paul II" which, translated, means that he is sound on faith and morals.

His episcopal ring has an image of our Lady, to whom he attributes his vocation "She attracted and seized me". Here is an article from the BBC on his statement about modesty in dress at Mass.

(Nearly a year ago, John Allen reported speculation on the two moves in the Corriere della Sera. That's not bad going - the Corriere is obviously worth monitoring.)

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