Cardinal Mauro Gambetti is the new archpriest of St. Peter’s Basilica

St. Peter’s Basilica has a new archpriest. This is the Franciscan Mauro Gambetti, 55, who the Pope made a cardinal on November 28

Until that moment he was the General Custodian of the Sacred Convent of Assisi.

Now he will replace Cardinal Angelo Comastri as archpriest of the basilica, president of the Saint Peter’s Factory that coordinates the works in the basilica, and vicar of the Pope for Vatican City.

A more delicate position than it seems.

Angelo Comastri is 77 years old, and as is normal in the Curia, when he turned 75 he placed his position at the disposal of the Pope.

Cardinal Comastri was one of the last great appointments of John Paul II, in February 2005.

He could be seen with the Pope in the last “Urbi et Orbi” of Christmas, and in all the ceremonies that the Pope has had in San Pedro during the pandemic.

However, since July he has little decision-making capacity. And it is that the Pope decided to put a commissioner in charge of the so-called Factory of San Pedro to investigate irregularities in the concession of works in the basilica.

Francis fully trusts Cardinal Angelo Comastri, who is also the author of many books on spirituality.

But finding out how that money was spent, being able to order and determining if someone took advantage of the cardinal’s good faith, is what now awaits Cardinal Mauro Gambetti. In any case, it will be difficult to fool the new boss, a friar with a training as a mechanical engineer.

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