Francis appointed on January 15 Francesca Di Giovanni, 66, as a second under-secretary of the Section for Relations with States within the Secretariat of State where she has already been working for 27 years.
Her position was newly created. Di Giovanni is the first female official at the Secretariat of State. Her mandate is to build relations with international organisations.
Born in Palermo, Di Giovanni holds a law degree. She is a consecrated virgin, belonging to the modernist Focolare movement.
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