Francis Card. Stafford has stepped down as the Penitenziere Maggiore for reasons of age and his successor appointed.
The new Penitenziere is Archbp. Fortunato Baldelli, who had been Nuncio in France.
From the daily Bolletino:
# RINUNCIA DEL PENITENZIERE MAGGIORE E NOMINA DEL SUCCESSORE
Il Santo Padre ha accolto la rinuncia, presentata per limiti d’età, dall’Em.mo Card. James Francis Stafford, all’incarico di Penitenziere Maggiore, ed ha chiamato a succedergli nel medesimo incarico l’Ecc.mo Mons. Fortunato Baldelli, Arcivescovo tit. di Bevagna, finora Nunzio Apostolico in Francia.
The Apostolic Penitentiary is one of the the Roman Church’s three great tribunals, and it has the highest dignity. It deals with matters of conscience, internal forum or confession issues, some particular censures and the concession of indulgences. It is so important that even with the death of a Pope, the Major Penitentiary of the Church, usually a Cardinal, does not lose his office as do most of the members of the Curia.