New Undersecretary at the Congregation for Divine Worship UPDATED

I only know what Vatican Information Service tells us: Pope Francis has appointed Fr. Corrado Maggioni, S.M.M., as undersecretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.

As Pray Tell reported about a year ago, Fr. Maggioni was among those named to the Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff in a major shake-up on that front.

Many have been curious about what is happening at the CDW (or CDWDS), which has strangely been without a prefect ever since Cardinal Canizares was moved out. Archbishop Arthur Roche has remained secretary, and Fr. Anthony Ward undersecretary. There is no mention of a change in Anthony Ward’s position in conjunction with today’s announcement.

Are curial reconfigurations in the works? Is that why no prefect has been named yet? Or is there another reason?

UPDATE: Pray Tell has learned that Anthony Ward’s term of service at the CDW is ending with this new appointment.








  1. What is the policy significance of this? What are Fr. Maggioni’s published views of questions of interest to readers of this blog?

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