On Saturday, the Holy See Press Office announced Pope Francis had appointed himself a new personal secretary.

His previous secretary, Father Yoannis Lahzi Gaid, had served since April of 2014 and “is concluding his service.” Director of the Holy See Press Office Matteo Bruni confirmed on Saturday that “a normal turnover of roles” is taking place as desired by Pope Francis.

With his leave, Father Fabio Salerno was appointed his new personal secretary. He previously was working in the state relations office of the Vatican Secretariat of State.

The Vatican provided an official biography for Father Salerno:

He was born in 1979 in Catanzaro in Italy, and was ordained a priest in 2011 for the Archdiocese of Catanzaro-Squillace. He holds a doctorate from the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome.

After going through the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy, he served as secretary in the Apostolic Nunciature in Indonesia and at the Holy See’s Permanent Mission to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.

Father Gonzalo Aemilius, who began service as one of Pope Francis’s secretaries in January substituting Msgr Fabián Pedacchio Leániz, will introduce Father Salerno to his new role.

Bruni said Gaid “will continue his current role as a Member of the Higher Committee for Human Fraternity.” The Committee promotes the implementation of the “Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together” that was signed in February of 2019 by Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Ahmed al-Tayyeb.

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