VATICAN (CWN) -- On Sunday, March 29, the Vatican announced the nomination of three key Vatican officials.

      - Father Marcello Zago, OMI, the current superior general of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, will become the secretary of the Congregation for Evangelization, with the rank of Archbishop. A veteran of inter- religious dialogues, particularly among the missionary regions of Asia, he has worked in Laos and Taiwan, becoming an expert on relations with Buddhism. He was elected to head the Oblates-- a congregation of 5,000 men-- in 1986, and under his leadership the congregation established missions in 13 new countries. His second term as superior general will end this year. During his second term, he has taught at ecclesiastical faculties in Rome and Ottawa.

      - Msgr. Karel Kasteel, the under-secretary of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, has been promoted to Secretary of that Council, which manages the Pope's personal charities. Cor Unum has undertaken an ambitious project of setting up 100 new charitable enterprises all around the globe by the year 2000.

      - Father Francisco Azcona San Martin, from Pamplona, Spain, has been nominated to replace Msgr. Kasteel as under-secretary of Cor Unum.

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March 31, 1998 volume 9, no. 64         DAILY CATHOLIC