Pope Francis has appointed Nunzio Galantino, Bishop of Cassano allo Jonio in Italy’s Southern Calabria region, as interim Secretary General of the Italian Bishops' Conference (CEI).
The Head of the Vatican Press
Office, Father Federico Lombardi, said that Bishop Galantino will serve
as interim Secretary General to replace Mariano Crociata who was named
Bishop of Latina after two mandates at CEI.
that the interim appointment was "rendered urgent for the regular work
schedule of the general secretariat and for a number of procedures that
require his presence."
He added that the duration of the mandate
has not yet been decided. Lombardi also explained that Galantino will
have to reside in Rome for part of the week but he remains Bishop of
Cassano allo Jonio.
In a letter addressed to the priests and
people of that diocese, Pope Francis expresses his awareness that he has
partially deprived them of the presence of their beloved bishop, and he
asks for help and comprehension as Galantino – he says - is called to
serve “in an important mission for the Church in Italy”.
Nunzio Galantino was born in the Southern town of Cerignola near Foggia in 1948 and was appointed bishop in December 2011.