Saturday, June 15, 2013

Pope Appoints Archbishop Ricca to Prelate of Vatican Bank

Pope appoints "household head" of Sanctae Marthae to Prelate of the Vatican Bank

(Vatican) Pope Francis has appointed effective immediately, the Vatican diplomat Archbishop Mario Battista Salvatore Ricca (born 1956), on an interim basis, as the new Prelate of the Istituto per le Opere di Religione, or the Vatican bank IOR. The Italian Ricca is currently in a sense the chief house of Pope Francis as director of the Vatican guesthouse Domus Sanctae Marthae , where the Pope lives since his election. Monsignor Ricca also among the houses Domus Internationalis Paul VI , Domus Romana Sacerdotalis and the Casa San Benedetto , as Vatican Radio reported.

The predecessor in office of the Prelate of the Vatican Bank from 2006 to 2010 was the Vatican diplomat Archbishop Piero Pioppo. Monsignor Pioppo, now Titular Archbishop, has since been Apostolic Nuncio to Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea.

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