Cardinal Agostino Vallini

Cardinal Agostino Vallini

June 3, 2013

Two months after he said he wanted time for dialogue and prayer before fully confirming or appointing top officials, Pope Francis reappointed Cardinal Agostino Vallini as his vicar for Rome.

The pope is the bishop of Rome, but as Pope Francis’ letter appointing Vallini, 73, said, the pope’s responsibilities are so vast that he needs a vicar to ensure the proper pastoral care of the Diocese of Rome.