VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has confirmed and named several new Curia officials, including Archbishop Augustine Di Noia, named adjunct secretary of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith.
The pope created the position for Archbishop Di Noia who has years of experience working in the Roman Curia. He began serving as undersecretary for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in 2002 and was appointed secretary for the Congregation for Divine Worship in 2009. At the same time, he was consecrated as the titular archbishop of Oregon City.
In 2012, Pope Benedict named him vice president of the Ecclesia Dei Pontifical Commission, which has led efforts to bring the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X back into full communion with the Catholic Church.
Di Noia was born in New York and joined the Dominicans of the Eastern Province of St. Joseph, where he was ordained in 1970. He is a respected theologian who was asked to serve on the International Theological Commission, a group tasked with helping the Holy See examine doctrinal questions, from 1997-2002.
The pope has confirmed German Archbishop Gerhard Mueller as prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith and titular Archbishop Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrer as the department’s secretary.
Italian Cardinal Fernando Filoni will continue as prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. Archbishop Savio Hon Tai-Fai, will remain as secretary and Archbishop Protase Rugambwa as adjunct secretary.
Pope Francis made a series of major appointments. The lifetime Vatican diplomat and Archbishop Beniamino Stella is the new prefect of the Congregation for Clergy, taking the place of fellow Italian Cardinal Mauro Piacenza.
Archbishop Celso Mora Iruzubieta has been confirmed as secretary of the same department, while Bishop Jorge Carol Patron Wong has been named its secretary for seminaries.
The outgoing Cardinal Piacenza will go on to replace the retiring Cardinal Manuel Monteiro de Castro as the penitentiary major of the Apostolic Penitentiary.
Titular Archbishop Lorenzo Baldisseri, formerly secretary of the Congregation for Bishops, has been appointed secretary general of the Synod of Bishops.
Pope Francis’ appointments also include Italian Archbishop Giuseppe Sciacca, adjunct secretary of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, as a consultor to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
And Msgr. Giampier Gloder becomes president of the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy and given special responsibilities in the Secretariat of State. He will be given the title of archbishop.
Titular Archbishop Nikola Eterovic, formerly secretary general of the Synod of Bishops, has been named apostolic nuncio to Germany.
The curial changes come just weeks before Pope Francis will meet with a group of eight cardinals from Oct. 1-3 to advise him on possible changes to the governing structures of the Church.