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First woman appointed to senior post at Vatican

Jan 18, 2020 19:25 IST

In a rare move, Pope Francis has appointed Italian lawyer Francesca Giovanni to a management position in the Vatican's most important office, making her the first woman to do so. Giovanni said that she did not expect the appointment, but was looking forward to putting forth a woman's point of view in her new role. The 66-year-old is the new undersecretary for multilateral affairs in the Vatican's Secretariat of State and will be responsible for coordinating the Pope's relations with the UN. Pope Francis has been vocal in his support for women holding greater positions of authority in the Vatican.

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