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THE promotion of Pope Paul's right hand man, Archbishop Giovanni Benelli, to be Archbishop of Florence came as a great surprise last week.

Archbishop Benelli has been deputy Secretary of State for 10 years and has been the faithful executive of Pope Paul's policies.

Although his career now resembles very closely that of Pope Paul, who became Archbishop of Milan after serving as deputy secretary under Pius XII, it is not thought that Pope Paul is trying to give the Archbishop the possibility of becoming the next Pope.

Archbishop Benelli, who is 56, will be created Cardinal with three others at the Consistory on June 27. The others are Archbishop Bernard Gantin, the former Archbishop of Cotonou in West Africa, Archbishop Joseph Ratiinger of Munich, and Fr Luigi ('iappi, theologian to the papal court.

At the same Consistory the Pope is expected to announce that he created Archbishop Frantisek Tomasek a Cardinal In Pectore in May last year. Archbishop Tomasek is the Apostolic Administrator of Prague. It is not yet known who will succeed Archbishop Benelli.

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