Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera, the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship (CDW), is to leave the Roman Curia and return to his native diocese of Valencia as archbishop.
Speaking to Vatican Insider, Cardinal Canizares said that he had told Pope Francis he wanted to “live with the smell of the sheep”, and go back to a diocese.
“I am really very happy. I return to my home diocese, which has not had a Valencian bishop for over 100 years…” he told Andrea Tornielli.
In a major Spanish reshuffle, the Pope has accepted the resignation of the Archbishop of Madrid, Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela, who is 78, and moves Archbishop Carlos Osoro from Valencia to Madrid.
Cardinal Canizares, who turns 69 next month, was made a cardinal in 2006, during Pope Benedict XVI’s first consistory. His appointment to the CDW in 2008 signalled a renewed focus on the liturgy by Pope Benedict. The new CDW prefect has not yet been named.