Vatican: Bertone out as Secretary of State. Italian cleric Pietro Parolin in.

Pope Francis on Saturday appointed a senior Vatican diplomat as his new secretary of state, ousting divisive cardinal Tarcisio Bertone as he looks to overhaul the Church’s scandal-ridden administration.

His replacement for the “number two” position at the Vatican, Italian cleric Pietro Parolin, is currently the Roman Catholic Church’s envoy to Venezuela and has worked on improving ties with communist China.

“The Holy Father has accepted… the resignation of His Eminence Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone,” the Vatican said in a widely-expected announcement, adding that the changeover would formally take place on October 15.

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San Francisco Family Rosary Crusade was attended by 550,000 faithful

1961 Family Rosary Crusade in San Francisco

The San Francisco Legion of Mary invites all Catholics from the Archdiocese of San Francisco and beyond to join us for the San Francisco Family Rosary Crusade 2011. The Family Rosary Crusade will be held on October 15, 2011, at 12 noon, in San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza. Join us as we pray the Rosary, adore the Blessed Sacrament, listen to inspirational speakers, and ask the blessings of God for ourselves and our community.

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