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Sodano, Angelo

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Born: 1927 AD
Currently alive, at 86 years of age.

Nationality: Italian
Categories: Politician

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1927 - Born on the 23rd of November.

1950 - He was ordained a priest there on 23rd of  September by Bishop Umberto Rossi.

1950 - He served as a parish priest doing pastoral work in the diocese of Asti and faculty member of its seminary.

1959 - He moved to Rome and entered the direct service of the Holy See.

1968 - Serving as a secretary of nunciatures in Latin America, and achieving the title of monsignor before becoming an official of the Curial Council for Public Affairs of the Church.

1977 - On the 30th of November, he was appointed a titular archbishop of Nova Caesaris and the apostolic nuncio to Chile.

1978 - He returned to Asti to be consecrated a bishop before taking up his post.

1988 - He returned to Rome as Secretary of the Council For Public Affairs of the Church.

1989 - He became the Section for Relations with States of the Secretariat of State.

1990 - He became Pro-Secretary of State 1 December.

1991 - Full Secretary of State once he had been named a cardinal in the consistory on the 27th of  June.

1994 - On the 10th of January, Pope John Paul II named him Cardinal Bishop of the suburbicarian see of Albano.

2002 - On the 30th of November, exactly twenty-five years after he was first appointed a bishop, he was elected vice-dean of the College of Cardinals in succession to Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, who became Dean.

2002 - He turned 75, John Paul specifically invited him to stay on as Secretary of State, though this is the customary retirement age for heads of major Vatican departments

2006 - On the 22nd of June, Benedict XVI appointed Tarcisio Cardinal Bertone to replace Sodano as the Secretary of State.

2007 -On the 23rd of November, he will be eligible to participate in any papal conclaves that begin before that date.


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