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Cardinal Sarah appointed head of Vatican congregation for liturgy

Cardinal Sarah (Photo: CNS)

Pope Francis has named Cardinal Robert Sarah as the new prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.

Cardinal Sarah, 69, from Guinea, is currently president of the pontifical council “Cor Unum”. He will replace Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera, nicknamed “Little Ratzinger”, who has been appointed Archbishop of Valencia in Spain.

Vatican-watcher Andrea Tornielli said: “The profile of Robert Sarah, a Curia member with a long experience serving as a pastor in Africa, is rather traditional… His arrival as head of the dicastery for worship is therefore unlikely to herald any innovations in the liturgical field.”

Last month Cardinal Sarah spoke at a meeting of priests and seminarians attending the Populus Summorum Pontificum pilgrimage in Rome. The annual pilgrimage brings together faithful from around the world devoted to the Extraordinary Form.