(VIS) - The Holy Father accepted the resignation, with effect from 1 October, from
the office of president of the Pontifical Commission for Vatican City State and of
the Governorate of Vatican City State presented by Cardinal Giovanni Lajolo, upon
having reached the age limit. - Appointed, with effect from 1 October, Archbishop
Giuseppe Bertello, apostolic nuncio to Italy and to the Republic of San Marino, as
president of the Pontifical Commission for Vatican City State and of the Governorate
of Vatican City State. - Appointed Msgr. Giuseppe Sciacca as secretary general
of the Governorate of Vatican City State, at the same time elevating him to the dignity
of bishop. The bishop-elect was born in Catania in 1955. He studied at the Pontifical
Lateran University, graduating in canon law from the Pontifical University of St.
Thomas Aquinas in Rome and in philosophy from the University of Catania. He was ordained
a priest in 1978 and incardinated in the diocese of Arcireale where, apart from being
involved in pastoral work, he taught philosophy and history at State schools, and
canon law at the local theological institute. Defender of the bond and promoter of
justice, and later judge, in the regional tribunal of Sicily, since 1999 he has been
a prelate auditor of the Tribunal of the Roman Rota.