Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald, once said to be a candidate for the cardinalatial hat, has been promoted from the chairmanship of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue to the Nunciature in Cairo (cumulative with the representation in the Arab League).
Vatican prelate reassigned; more changes to follow?
Vatican, Feb. 15 (CWNews.com) - Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald, the president of the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue, has been named as apostolic nuncio to Egypt. He will also serve as the Vatican’s representative to the Arab League.
Archbishop Fitzgerald is the first head of a major Roman dicastery to be reassigned by Pope Benedict. The Vatican announcement of Archbishop Fitzgerald’s new assignment, release February 15, did not name a successor. With rumors circulating in Rome about shifts and consolidation within the Roman Curia, his departure may be a signal that the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue will be eliminated, with its duties assigned to other Vatican offices.