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Pope appoints first woman to lead Vatican governorate

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  Pope Francis has for the first time appointed a woman to a high post in the administration of the Vatican City State Sister Raffaella Petrini has been appointed Secretary General of the Vatican City Governorate the Holy See announced on Thursday She is the first woman to hold the second highest office in the governorate She will oversee the Vatican Museums and other Vatican State services such as the Currency and Stamp Office and the Fleet Petrinie 52 from Rome was with the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples which does missionary work Francis has focused on women in his staffing decisions in recent months Earlier in the year he made theologian Nathalie Becquart the first woman in the history of the Catholic Church to serve as undersecretary of the Synod of Bishops Then in August Francis appointed Sister Alessandra Smerilli Acting Secretary of the Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development which focuses on issues of migration and poverty She was also appointed delegate of the Vatican Covid 19 Commission dpa NAN
Pope appoints first woman to lead Vatican governorate

Pope Francis

Pope Francis has for the first time appointed a woman to a high post in the administration of the Vatican City State.

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Sister Raffaella Petrini

Sister Raffaella Petrini has been appointed Secretary General of the Vatican City Governorate, the Holy See announced on Thursday.

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She is the first woman to hold the second highest office in the governorate.

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Vatican Museums

She will oversee the Vatican Museums and other Vatican State services such as the Currency and Stamp Office and the Fleet.

Evangelization of Peoples

Petrinie, 52, from Rome was with the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, which does missionary work.

Francis has focused on women in his staffing decisions in recent months.

Nathalie Becquart

Earlier in the year, he made theologian Nathalie Becquart the first woman in the history of the Catholic Church to serve as undersecretary of the Synod of Bishops.

Sister Alessandra Smerilli

Then, in August, Francis appointed Sister Alessandra Smerilli Acting Secretary of the Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development, which focuses on issues of migration and poverty.

Vatican Covid-19 Commission

She was also appointed delegate of the Vatican Covid-19 Commission.

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