Pope Benedict XVI yesterday appointed Vincenzo Paglia, bishop of the diocese of Terni-Narni-Amelia, Italy, as the new president of the Pontifical Council for the Family. He succeeds Ennio Cardinal Antonelli, whose resignation from the same office the Holy Father accepted, upon having reached the age limit.
The Pope also elevated Paglia to the dignity of archbishop.
The Pontifical Council for the Family was established by Pope John Paul II on May 9, 1981 with his motu proprio, Familia a Deo Instituta. The Council is part of the Curia of the Roman Catholic Church which promotes the pastoral care of families, protects their rights and dignity in the Church and in civil society.