Benedict Keeps John Paul II’s Staff
Pope Benedict XVI confirmed Cardinal Angelo Sodano in the Vatican’s No. 2 post Thursday and kept all other top officials, avoiding any immediate shakeup in the late John Paul II’s administration. It was a sign that the new pope, a doctrinal hard-liner, wants to show continuity with the popular John Paul.
Sodano, the Vatican’s secretary of state, is 77, already two years past the normal retirement age for Vatican officials. The new pope is 78.