Bagnasco appointed President of CEI

Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco has been appointed to succeed Cardinal Camillo Ruini as president of the Italian Bishops' Conference (CEI). The announcement was made today but was predicted exactly (with the day of hte announcement) by Il Foglio and by Marco Tosatti in La Stampa (H/T Rorate Caeli.)

Bagnasco was appointed as Archbishop of Genoa in August last year to succeed Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone who became Secretary of State at the Vatican. He is 64, was ordained in 1966, made Bishop of Pesaro in 1998, Archbishop in 2000, and was military ordinary for Italy from 2003-2006.

The process of this appointment has been the focus of controversy in Italy. Watch for further news of how this appointment will affect things.

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