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Pope reappoints senior officials

 Pope Benedict XVI yesterday reappointed Cardinal Angelo Sodano as secretary of state - the Vatican's second most senior post. The secretary of state's deputy, Archbishop Leonardo Sandri, who announced Pope John Paul's death to the crowds gathered in St Peter's Square, also retains his job. Archbishop Giovanni Lajolo was reconfirmed as the Vatican's foreign minister. One role still vacant at the time of this update, was the new Pope's old job as head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Possible successors include Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn of Austria and Cardinal Francis George of Chicago. Source: VIS