Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone has offered a positive assessment of his nearly seven year-long tenure as Vatican Secretary of State, which will come to an end this October, reports the Catholic News Agency.
According to L’Osservatore Romano, the cardinal spoke to reporters after a recent Mass in Sicily to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the miraculous image of Our Lady of Tears.
'Cardinal Bertone wished to remember and underscore the important foundations that have inspired and sustained his service at the Secretariat of State – including a harmonious relationship between faith and reason, between law and natural law, between tradition and modernity – and to also recall memorable events such as the World Youth Days of Sydney and Madrid with Benedict XVI and Rio de Janeiro with Pope Francis,' the publication said.
'My assessment of these seven years is positive,' said Cardinal Bertone, according to Italian news agency Ansa.
'Naturally there have been many problems, especially during the last two years in which I was the target of accusations,' he said, tellingly referencing a 'network of crows and vipers.'
'But this should not obscure what I think it is a positive assessment,' he continued.
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