The Holy See Press Office Bulletin announced on January 25, 2020, that the Holy Father has approved the election of the Dean and Vice-Dean and Deputy Dean of the Cardinal of Cardinals.

The statement reported that “On 18 January 2020 the Holy Father approved the election – by the cardinals of the Order of Bishops – of the dean of the College of Cardinals”. For the next five years, His Eminence Cardinal Giovanni Battista Rewill fulfill this important role.  In addition to holding the Title of the Suburbicarian Church of Sabina-Poggio Mirteto, he “will also assume the Title of the Suburbicarian Church of Ostia”, the statement said.

Pope Francis approved the election of the Vice-Dean, His Eminence Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, of the Title of Santi Biagio e Carlo ai Catinari, Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches.

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