Pope Names Spanish Cardinal to Head Liturgy Office

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Benedict has named a Spanish cardinal
to be the new head of the Vatican's office in charge of rules for
celebrating the liturgy around the world.

Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera succeeds Nigerian Cardinal Francis Arinze, who had held the job since 2002. Both men are considered to be conservatives.

The Vatican says the 76-year-old Arinze resigned for reasons of age.

The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments is a key Vatican office that keeps custody of the church's worship rituals, sacraments and liturgy.

The 63-year-old Canizares Llovera was among a group of new cardinals that the pope named in 2006.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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