Pope Francis has chosen an Italian as personal secretary, calling Don Fabio Salerno, currently employed at the Section for Relations with States of the Secretariat of State. The Vatican spokesman, Matteo Bruni said.
“In the context of a normal rotation of people, arranged by Pope Francis for the collaborators of the Roman Curia, Msgr. Yoannis Lahzi Gaid, personal secretary of the Holy Father since April 2014, concludes his service. Archbishop Gaid will continue his current position as a member of the High Committee for Human Brotherhood, “says Bruni.
Last January, Bergoglio chose an Uruguayan priest who dedicated much of his ministry to being close to the least as a personal secretary: it is Father Gonzalo Aemilius, of the Montevideo clergy. Before Christmas, in fact, one of Francesco’s two historic secretaries, the Argentine Fabián Pedacchio Leaniz, had returned full time to his position at the Congregation of Bishops. Thus Aemilius went to work alongside the Pope’s other secretary, the Egyptian Yoannis Lahzi Gaid, now replaced by the Italian priest Don Salerno.
Don Salerno was born in Catanzaro on April 25, 1979. He was ordained a priest on March 19, 2011, incardinating himself in the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Catanzaro-Squillace. He obtained his doctorate in ‘Utroque iure’ at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome. After being a student of the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy, he served as Secretary of the Apostolic Nunciature in Indonesia and of the Permanent Mission of the Holy See to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. Currently, he works in the Section for Relations with States of the Secretariat of State.