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Thursday, April 21, 2005


VATICAN CITY, APR 21, 2005 (VIS) - The Holy Father:

 - Appointed Cardinal Angelo Sodano, titular of the suburbicarian church of Albano, as secretary of State.

 - Confirmed "donec aliter provideatur" the cardinals and archbishops who head dicasteries of the Roman Curia, and the president of the Pontifical Commission for Vatican City State.

 - Confirmed Archbishop Leonardo Sandri as substitute for General Affairs of the Secretariat of State.

 - Confirmed Archbishop Giovanni Lajolo as secretary for Relations with States of the Secretariat of State.

 - Confirmed the current secretaries of dicasteries of the Roman Curia for the current five-year period.
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VATICAN CITY, APR 21, 2005 (VIS) - Yesterday afternoon, Holy See Press Office Director Joaquin Navarro-Valls released the following declaration to journalists:

  "This morning, the Holy Father Benedict XVI visited the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith where, in the course of a very cordial meeting, he greeted the men and women who collaborated with him in that dicastery.

  "He then entered the papal apartments in the Apostolic Palace, removing the seals.

  "The Holy Father invited some of his collaborators in the Roman Curia to lunch in the 'Domus Sanctae Marthae,' deciding on some of his forthcoming engagements:

  "Friday morning: a meeting with all cardinals present in Rome.

  "Saturday morning: a meeting with journalists and with social communications workers.

  "In the afternoon, the Holy Father returned to the apartment in which he used to live in Piazza della Citta Leonina.

  "As previously announced, at 10 a.m. on Sunday April 24, Benedict XVI will preside at the Eucharist for the solemn inauguration of his pontificate.

  "On the morning of Monday April 25, he will receive official delegations who have arrived for the inaugural ceremony of his pontificate.

"The Holy Father has decided to remain for the moment in the apartment of the Domus Sanctae Marthae."
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