Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development

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The Vatican announced the creation of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development on 31 August 2016 and it became effective 1 January 2017. Cardinal Peter Turkson was named its first prefect. This dicastery of the Roman Curia combined the work of four Pontifical Councils established following the Second Vatican Council: Justice and Peace, Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, Pastoral Assistance to Health Care Workers, and Cor Unum.[1] Pope Francis has given it responsibility for "issues regarding migrants, those in need, the sick, the excluded and marginalized, the imprisoned and the unemployed, as well as victims of armed conflict, natural disasters, and all forms of slavery and torture".[2]

The Pope announced that "temporarily" he would personally direct the dicastery's work on behalf of migrants and refugees.[3] He named the Canadian Jesuit Michael Czerny and the Italian Scalabrinian Fabio Baggio to serve as under-secretaries for issues related to refugees and migrants.[4] On 16 June 2017 he named Bruno Marie Duffé, a French professor with long experience in human rights and relief work, the dicastery's secretary.[5]


  1. ^ McElwee, Joshua J. (31 August 2016). "Francis Creates New Vatican Office for Charity, Justice, Peace, Migration". National Catholic Reporter. Retrieved 31 August 2016. 
  2. ^ Bordoni, Linda (31 August 2016). "Migrants and Refugees at the Heart of Pope's New 'Motu Proprio'". Vatican Radio. Retrieved 31 August 2016. 
  3. ^ Scherer, Steve (31 August 2016). "Pope to Oversee Migration Issues in Shakeup of Vatican Offices". Reuters. Retrieved 26 November 2017. 
  4. ^ O'Connell, Gerard (14 December 2016). "Pope Francis Appoints Jesuit and Scalabrini Priests to New Vatican Department for Refugees and Migrants". America. Retrieved 26 November 2017. 
  5. ^ Kurian, Anne (16 June 2017). "Développement humain intégral: un Français, le p. Bruno Marie Duffé, secrétaire" [Integral Human Development: French Priest Bruno Marie Duffé, Secretary]. Zenit (in French). Retrieved 16 June 2017. 

Further reading

  • Shine, Cormac (17 February 2017). "With Creation of Little Noticed Department, Pope Francis is Securing Liberal Reforms". Religion Dispatches. Retrieved 26 November 2017. 

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