Exclusive: Pope Francis himself contacted Bishop Grech for new post

Newsbook.com.mt is reliably informed that Pope Francis himself contacted Bishop Mario Grech about the new post probably when Bishop Grech was on a pilgrimage to Lourdes. The Pope himself during a meeting, held recently at the Vatican, asked Bishop Grech to take on the post of General Pro-Secretary of the Synod of Bishops, which periodically meets at the Vatican. Bishop Grech met the Pope again late last week to confirm his acceptance.

Bishop Grech will be General Pro-Secretary from August when the term of the current Secretary Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri ends. This new full-time post implies that Bishop Grech will no longer be the Bishop of Gozo. Bishop Grech will be the Apostolical Bishop of Gozo until the new Bishop is appointed.

Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Grech as member of the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazonian Region which open this Sunday, 6th October, at St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican.

In a statement, Archbishop Charles Scicluna and Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Galea-Curmi congratulated Mgr. Grech and thanked him for his service these past 14 years.

Original story before latest update

Informed but unofficial sources told Newsbook.com.mt that widespread rumours in Gozo that Bishop Mario Grech will be relinquishing his post as bishop of Gozo are true. The same sources said that Bishop Grech will be taking on the role of General Pro-Secretary of the Synod of Bishops at the Vatican.

Curia sources contacted by Newsbook.com.mt are keeping their cards close to their chests and their lips hermetically sealed. They refused to comment in any way.

This morning at 11.00am, Bishop Mario Grech will be meeting the parish priests of Gozo. Although the Bishop from time to time meets parish priests, today’s meeting is considered to be an extraordinary one when the Bishop will inform the parish priests of his new Vatican post.

This is how Prime Minister Muscat responded to the news: