Pope names top official as ‘exclusive spokesman’ to Order of Malta
Pope Francis named Archbishop Angelo Becciu, Vatican substitute secretary of state, as his special delegate and sole spokesman to the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.
‘Until the end of your mandate, that is until the conclusion of the extraordinary chapter, which will elect the grand master, you will be my exclusive spokesperson in all matters relating to relations between the Apostolic See and the order,’ the pope wrote in a letter to Archbishop Becciu on 2nd February.
The special delegate, the pope said, also will work closely with Fra Ludwig Hoffmann von Rumerstein, the chivalric order’s temporary head, to carry out ‘the appropriate renewal of the order’s constitution’.
Released by the Vatican on 4th February, the pope’s letter to Archbishop Becciu came after several tense weeks which led to the resignation of Fra Matthew Festing as grand master of the order on 24th January.
The pope’s letter made no mention of how Archbishop Becciu’s responsibilities would overlap with those of Cardinal Raymond Burke, the current cardinal patron of the order.
Picture: Archbishop Giovanni Angelo Becciu, Vatican substitute secretary of state, has been appointed by Pope Francis as his special delegate and sole spokesman to the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. Archbishop Becciu is pictured during a briefing at the Vatican on 10th January. (CNS photo/Paul Haring).Tags: Archbishop Angelo Becciu, Archbishop Becciu, Cardinal Burke, Cardinal Raymond Burke, Order of Malta, Pope, Pope Francis