This story was first published Jan. 17 on the website of the Eparchy of Košice in Slovakia.
On Monday, Jan. 16, Archbishop Claudio Gugerotti began his service as Prefect of the Dicastery for the Eastern Churches.
Upon arriving at the office, he was greeted by the Secretary of the Dicastery, Archbishop Giorgio Demetrio Gallaro, and the Sub-Secretary Mons. Flavio Pace together with the employees of the dicastery.
At noon, in the Hall of Honor, in the presence of envoys of the Catholic Patriarchs and Senior Archbishops to the Holy See, rectors of the Eastern Colleges in Rome, some superiors-general or local superiors of the Eastern male and female orders and religious orders present in Rome, the rector of the Pontifical Eastern Institute and the consuls of the dicastery, a letter from the Holy Father Francis was read out, naming Mons. Gugerotti as prefect of this Vatican office.
The new prefect subsequently took the creed and the oath of allegiance. He then addressed a greeting address to those present, in which, above all, he expressed gratitude and filial devotion to the Holy Father.
Finally, after the blessing and subsequent singing of the Marian antiphon Alma Redemptoris Mater, the new prefect greeted all those present in person.