Pope Francis appoints Jean-Louis Tauran as new camerlengo

Tauran succeeds Italian cardinal and would run Vatican during papal tansitions

North Gazette News/Vatican City
Pope Francis on Saturday appointed French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran as new camerlengo or chamberlain who would run papal affairs in case of death or resignation of a pontiff.

As per reports, 71-year-old Tauran succeeds Italian Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone who had attained 80-years age that debars him from attending conclave to elect Pope.

The camerlengo or chamberlain runs the daily affairs of Vatican City when the papacy is left vacant in case of death or resignation of Pope till the time new Pope is elected by Cardinals in secret conclave.

During the period which is termed as ‘sede vacante’ or vacant, the camerlengo or chamberlain can’t make any significant decisions or change Church’s decisions during this interim period.

It is pertinent to mention here that camerlengo officially confirms the death of Pope by tapping the head thrice with silver hammer as per tradition and calls out his name.