Pope appoints Msgr Alfred Xuereb official of the Secretariat of State

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Pope appoints Msgr Alfred Xuereb official of the Secretariat of StatePope Francis has appointed Msgr. Alfred Xuereb, official of the Secretariat of State, as prelate Secretary General for the economy of the Holy See.

The order of appointment was signed this morning by Pope Francis, together with the order of the appointment of Cardinal George Pell as prefect of the same Secretariat.

Mgr Xuereb, who hails from Gozo, is currently the Private Secretary of Pope Francis.

The new Secretariat has as its responsibility the economic and administrative functions of all of the Holy See and Vatican City State. Also it has the same level of duties and rights as that of the Secretiat of State.

This Secretariat is a new structure that answers directly to the Pope, and which will be well supported by the Economic Council, composed of 15 members, 8 of them Cardinals and the rest selected expert laypersons, reflecting the universality of the Catholic Church.

This decision of the Pope is a result of the consultation process with the Council of 8 Cardinals, as well as that of the 15 cardinals, and the advice given by the Commission rapporteurs on the reforms in the operation of the Vatican Bank and the economic structure and management of the Holy See.

The Commission for the organisation of economic and administrative structure of the Holy See is led by Maltese economist Joseph F X Zahra.

Another development which is expected to be announced in the near future is the establishment of the Office of ‘Auditor General,’ which will report directly to the Pope and the Economic Council, in order to launch a study on the economic and administrative structures of the Holy See.

Photograph – Cardinal Pell and Msgr Alfred Xuereb

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