Archbishop Parolin recuperating after treatment

Vatican – The newly-appointed Vatican Secretary of State, Archbishop Pietro Parolin is recuperating after his recent surgery, the Holy See Press Office has said.

In a statement last weekend, the office said: "As is known, he recently underwent a surgical procedure, which took place in Padua in the department of hepatobiliary surgery in the university hospital. The procedure was successful and Archbishop Parolin will be discharged.

"He will remain in Veneto during the coming days to allow a suitable period of rest and recovery, and in order to be able to assume the grave responsibilities of his new role, once fully recovered."

Archbishop Parolin assumed his post as Secretary of State on October 15.