Italian Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone will be temporarily in charge of the Catholic Church until the election of a next pope after Benedict XVI’s resignation.
Prior to his resignation, Benedict appointed Cardinal Bertone as the head of the Church, until the election of a successor to the throne of St. Peter.
Bertone, who since 2006 works as secretary of Vatican State, is currently allowed to handle all the political and diplomatic functions of Vatican City and the Holy See.
Bertone was born in a small town in Piedmont ( border with France) on December 2, 1934. He is specialized in canon law, moral theology, and is a professor at the Pontifical Salesian University. An sports enthusiast, concerned about the moral and Christian formation of the youth. In the nineties, he worked with Joseph Ratzinger for seven years in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith presiding by the German.
He’s also postulated as a candidate to succeed the Pope.