Tuesday, September 14, 2010

New Director for the Sistine Chapel II

Back in January we mentioned the news reported by senior vaticanista Sandro Magister that Fr Massimo Palombella was to be appointed new director of the Sistine Chapel, in replacement of Fr Giuseppe Liberto. Yet, this appointment did not happen. Andrea Tornielli, another well-respected vaticanista, now reports that this was due to opposition raised, among others, by Msgr. Miserachs Grau, president of the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music, whereas the appointment was favoured by the Cardinal Secretary of State as well as Msgr. Guido Marini, the Papal Master of Ceremonies. Tornielli writes that now, however, the Holy Father has decided to proceed with the appointment, which will probably announced in October, in time for Fr Palombella to assume his duties with the beginning of Advent.

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