Vatican shuffles top positions
Vatican City - The Vatican has shuffled some of its top positions in what is being seen as a tacit acknowledgment that efforts to reinvigorate Christianity in Europe need a boost.
The Vatican on Wednesday named Monsignor Rino Fisichella to oversee bioethics issues as head of a newly created Pontifical Academy for Life.
The Vatican also named Quebec Cardinal Marc Ouellet as chief to its powerful Congregations for Bishops, which vets bishop appointments around the world.
The 66-year-old Ouellet succeeds Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, who retires after nearly a decade in the post due to age.