Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Sunday 25 July |
The Feast of Saint James the Great
home iconChurch
line break icon

Venezuelan bishop named as pope’s No. 3


Kudmot (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Kathleen N. Hattrup - published on 08/15/18

Archbishop Edgar Peña Parra will take care of issues with the Holy Father on an almost daily basis

Pope Francis has named a Venezuelan bishop as his No. 3, the “sostituto,” or “substitute,” of the Secretariat of State, who oversees activities with the pope on a nearly daily basis, having perhaps more interaction with the Holy Father than almost anyone else.

Archbishop Edgar Peña Parra, 58, has worked in Vatican diplomacy for more than 25 years, serving in places including Pakistan, Kenya, South Africa, Mexico and in the UN offices in Geneva.

Archbishop Peña succeeds Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu, who has been named prefect of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes.


Read more:
Now that’s a lotta saints! Vatican’s “saint-maker” to retire after 913 canonizations

Peña was ordained a priest in 1985, and made a bishop in 2011.

The Secretariat of State has three main sections. As “sostituto,” Archbishop Peña is the head of the Section for General Affairs.

The Vatican’s “foreign minister,” heads the Section for Relations with States, a post currently filled by Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher.

Finally, Archbishop Jan Romeo Pawlowski leads the Section for Diplomatic Staff.


Read more:
Pope picks 1st layman to head a Vatican department

Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...

Top 10
Philip Kosloski
This morning prayer is easy to memorize
Cerith Gardiner
8 Powerful quotes from Nightbirde that will fill you with hope
Daniel Esparza
5 Curious things you might not know about Catholicism
Philip Kosloski
Why is Latin the official language of the Church, instead of Aram...
Daniel Esparza
3 Legendary pilgrimages off the beaten path
Daniel Esparza
Who are the cherubim in the Bible?
Zelda Caldwell
Did Jesus wear “tefillin” as some observant Jews do t...
See More
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.