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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Monsignor sent into exile after being cited in Vatileaks report

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Surprising demotion of Monsignor Balestrero

In a surprise move on Friday Benedict dismissed Monsignor Balestrero, who played an influential role in the State Secretariat and was also involved in the relations of the Vatican Bank abroad. Balestrero will now be ambassador to Colombia, which is understood as a clear demotion. The name Balestrero according to "La Repubblica" was mentioned in the secret report of the three cardinals. The Vatican refused to comment on the speculation about possible new spectacular background to the decision of the Pope. The 85-year-old Benedict has resigned for age reasons.

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