Antonio Chiminello was appointed director of the State Accounting Administration of the Vatican City for a period of five years. Until now Chiminello had been the deputy-director of the same State Accounting Administration; different from accountant of the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs.
Chiminello takes the place
of the outgoing director Eugenio Dei Borgognoni, who is also a member of
the Board of Directors of the Pension Fund and of the Board of
Directors of the Health Care Fund.
The Pope has also appointed Nicolas Henry Marie
Denis Thevenin the Apostolic Nuncio of Guatemala. Monsignor Thevenin had been the advisor for
international affairs of the Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio
Bertone until 2009, when he was appointed Protonotary Apostolic "de
Mgr. Jean-Paul Mr. Manfred Gobel will become the
Apostolic Nuncio in the Arab Republic of Egypt and the Delegate to the
League of Arab States; until now, he had been tenured Archbishop of
Galatia in Campania and Apostolic Nuncio in Iran.
And lastly, Mgr. Michael Fitzgerald is retiring.
The 75 year-old British prelate had been Apostolic Nuncio to Egypt since
2006, where he was sent by Pope Benedict XVI a few months after his the
election to the papacy after a long career in the Roman Curia. He was
an exponent of the 'progressive' wing of the Vatican, and
he was first the secretary (from 1987 to 2002) and then the president
of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (from 2002 to
2006). This experience proved to be invaluable for his task in a country
that was the epicentre of the "Arab spring" just a few years
The Vatican ambassador had to manage the
Tahrir square protests and the transfer of power from Mubarak to the
Muslim Brotherhood with prudence and competence. He also had to manage
the diplomatic disagreement between the Holy See and the Islamic
university of al-Azhar and the latest political turbulence between
demonstrators and president Mohammed Morsi during the vote for a new