Giovanni Lajolo

Giovanni Lajolo

Vatican diplomat
Date of Birth: 03.01.1935
Country: Vatican

Content:
  1. Biography of Giovanni Lajolo
  2. Role in the Roman Curia
  3. Early Life and Education
  4. Linguistic Abilities
  5. Giovanni Lajolo is fluent in English, German, and French.

Biography of Giovanni Lajolo

Giovanni Lajolo, an Italian Vatican diplomat, is known as the third closest ally of the head of the Roman Catholic Church, after the Secretary of State Angelo Sodano and his deputy Sandro Leonardo. He was appointed as the new Minister of Foreign Affairs, or Secretary for Relations with States, as this position is officially called in the Vatican, by Pope John Paul II. Prior to this, he served as the Vatican's ambassador to Germany. Lajolo will replace the Frenchman Jean-Louis Tauran, who has been in charge of Vatican's international relations since 1990. This is officially due to the fact that Tauran will be ordained as a cardinal, and holders of this position are not allowed to lead the Vatican's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Role in the Roman Curia

Giovanni Lajolo is considered as the third closest associate of the head of the Roman Catholic Church, after the Secretary of State Angelo Sodano and his deputy Sandro Leonardo. The reshuffling in the Roman Curia is seen as hidden maneuvers to strengthen the "party of the Pope": the pontiff is weak and preparing a worthy successor by increasing the number of his loyalists who can vote in the conclave for the election of the new pontiff.

Early Life and Education

Giovanni Lajolo was born on January 3, 1935, in Novara, a northern Italian region in Piedmont. He holds a Doctorate in Canon Law. In 1960, he was ordained as a priest in his hometown. In 1970, he joined the Vatican diplomatic service. He has held various positions, including Secretary of the Administration for the Patrimony of the Apostolic See, Bishop, and Apostolic Nuncio.

Linguistic Abilities

Giovanni Lajolo is fluent in English, German, and French.

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