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Pope said preparing to name new secretary of state

Aug. 30, 2013 at 3:19 PM

VATICAN CITY, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Pope Francis is reportedly preparing to replace Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican's secretary of state, an Italian newspaper said Friday.

Bertone will be replaced by archbishop Pietro Parolin, the Vatican's representative in Venezuela, the Italian news agency ANSA reported, citing a story in the daily Corriere della Sera.

An announcement is expected Sunday.

Benedict XVI appointed Bertone secretary of state.

He will remain president of the Commission of Cardinals until December when the Council of Europe is expected to release a report on anti-money laundering procedures for the Vatican Bank.

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