Tuesday, October 31, 2006

New Archpriest for St. Peter's Basilica

~from Catholic World News

Archbishop Angelo Comastri, the vicar general of the Vatican city-state, has been named by Pope Benedict XVI to be archpriest of St. Peter's Basilica. He replaced Cardinal Francesco Marchisano, who has resigned at the age of 77.

Archbishop Comastri, a 63-year-old native of Tuscany, was ordained to the priesthood in 1967 and became Bishop of Massa Marittima-Piombino in 1990. In 1996 he was appointed Archbishop of Loretto, and in February 2005 he became vicar general of Vatican City and coadjutor to Cardinal Marchisano.

The Italian archbishop is known for his Marian devotion, and in March 2003 he was chosen by Pope John Paul II to preach the annual Lenten retreat for the Roman Curia, on the theme of Mary, Mother of Christ. In 2005 he was asked by Pope Benedict XVI to write the meditations for the Way of the Cross on Good Friday.

Fr. Z has some interesting information about Cardinal Marchisano and the 1962 Missale.

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