Jose Rodriguez Carballo

Jose Rodriguez Carballo

April 15, 2013

In his first appointment to the curia, Pope Francis named the superior of the Franciscans as secretary of the Vatican office that oversees the world’s religious orders.

Archbishop-designate Jose Rodriguez Carballo, 59, will hold the number two post at the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.

The appointment of the Spanish-born minister general of the Order of Friars Minor comes as the congregation is wrapping up an apostolic visitation of women’s religious orders in the United States.

Rodriguez headed the Friars Minor since 2003, and since 2012 had been serving as president of the Union of Superiors General, the international organization for the heads of men’s religious orders.