Here is some news to cheer the heart. For your brick by brick file… in VIS today we read:
RINUNCIA DEL PREFETTO DELLA CONGREGAZIONE PER IL CLERO E NOMINA DEL SUCCESSORE
Il Santo Padre Benedetto XVI ha accolto la rinunzia presentata, per raggiunti limiti d’età, dall’Em.mo Card. Cláudio Hummes all’incarico di Prefetto della Congregazione per il Clero ed ha chiamato a succedergli nel medesimo incarico S.E. Mons. Mauro Piacenza, Arcivescovo titolare di Vittoriana, finora Segretario dello stesso Dicastero.
Basically, Card. Hummes has stepped down from his position as Prefect of the Congregation for Clergy for reasons of age and the Secretary of the same Congregation, Archbishop Mauro Piacenza has taken his place.
Archbp. Piacenza is excellent. I have heard him speak on more than one occasion and I have always been impressed. His writings are sound and clear.
By the way… Archbp. Piacenza is from Genoa and was ordained by Card. Siri.
Add another name to the list for the consistory. Archbp. Piacenza will, I am glad to say, be a cardinal.