Pope Francis names Legionary bishop as president of Vatican City State governorate

He studied philosophy and theology at Rome’s Pontifical Gregorian University and obtained a diploma from the School of Archives at the Vatican’s Secret Archives.

He began working for the Vatican in 1972, at the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.

He was then transferred to the Pontifical Council for the Laity in 1984, before becoming the head of the Holy See’s internet office 10 years later. He served there until becoming head of the telecommunications office in 2008.

He was appointed secretary general of the Governorate of Vatican City State in 2013, serving under Bertello, who was named president in 2011.

Pope Francis ordained Vérgez as a bishop on Nov. 15, 2013. In his homily at the ordination Mass, the pope entrusted Vérgez with “the pastoral care of Vatican employees,” asking him to be “a father and a brother … with true love and tenderness.”

In October 2020, the pope selected Vérgez as a member of the Vatican’s Commission for Confidential Matters. The commission is led by Cardinal Kevin Farrell, a former Legionary of Christ who is prefect of the Dicastery for the Laity, Family, and Life.

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