Pope appoints new number 2 for Causes of Saints

Francis continues to change officials responsible for examining candidates for holiness. The Pope appointed, on Monday January 18, a new number 2 for the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Bishop Fabio Fabene. This appointment of Secretary comes a few weeks after that of the patron of this Roman body, Cardinal Marcello Semeraro.

At 61 years old, Bishop Fabio Fabene, originally from Rome, was since 2014 undersecretary of the Synod of Bishops, a key body in the eyes of Pope Francis, who intends to strengthen synodality and thus profoundly reform relations between the Pope and those responsible. Catholics in the field.

A book prefaced by the Pope

In fact, Bishop Fabene appears to be one of François’ trusted men. A graduate in canon law, he is well acquainted with the workings of the Curia: before working there at the Synod of Bishops, he had worked there at the Congregation of Bishops, in charge of appointing the men taking the head of half of the dioceses of the world. -the other half being under the responsibility of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

Sign of his closeness to Francis: the Pope prefaced his book entitled The symphony of ministries, published in September 2020 by the Vatican Publishing Bookstore.

He also worked alongside the former secretary general of the Synod, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, as substitute for the secretary of the college of cardinalices.

Bishop Fabene is preparing to join the Congregation for the Causes of Saints when it is deeply shaken by the hasty and unexpected departure, at the end of September, of its prefect, Cardinal Angelo Becciu. Driven to resign and renounce his cardinal office by Pope Francis, Cardinal Becciu is accused of embezzlement and hazardous investments.

But beyond this affair, several canonizations and beatifications, the process of which was carried out by the Congregation and then approved by the Pope, are pending due to the pandemic. This is the case of the French priests César de Bus and Charles de Foucauld, who are soon to be proclaimed saints, but also of Pauline Jaricot, whose beatification date has been awaited for several months.


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