February 13, 2012
Pope Benedict named Cardinal Angelo Scola's successor to the patriarchate of Venice, a historically significant archdiocese.
Archbishop Francesco Moraglia, 58, had served as bishop of La Spezia-Sarzana-Brugnato since 2007 and was named Jan. 31 the new patriarch of Venice – a see made vacant when the pope named Scola archbishop of Milan last June.
Born in Genoa, Moraglia has a doctorate in dogmatic theology.
Venice is a major see from which three popes in the 20th century have come: Popes Pius X, John XXIII and John Paul I had all served as patriarchs of Venice.
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