Pope Francis attempted to set a new tone for a Vatican beset by scandals on Saturday by naming a veteran diplomat as secretary
of state, a role often called the “deputy pope”.
Archbishop Pietro Parolin’s appointment ends the era of Cardinal
Tarcisio Bertone, who was widely blamed for failing to prevent ethical and financial scandals that marked the eight-year reign of
former Pope Benedict, who resigned in February.
Parolin, a 58-year-old Italian who, like Francis, is known for his
frugal lifestyle, is currently the Vatican’s nuncio (ambassador) in
The naming of a new secretary of state, who acts as the pope’s prime minister and chief aide, is the most significant appointment
by Francis since his election in March.