Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Spanish cardinal to head liturgy office


Pope Benedict XVI has named a Spanish cardinal to be the new head of the Vatican's office in charge of rules for celebrating the liturgy around the world.

Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera succeeds Nigerian Cardinal Francis Arinze who had held the job since 2002. Both men are considered to be conservatives.

The Vatican said in a statement Tuesday that the 76-year-old Arinze had resigned for reasons of age.

He is also known as "Little Ratzinger" and which leaves the way open for the much delayed document on the implementation of the Motu Proprio for the Latin Mass to be published.