Pope Francis names Cardinal Czerny head of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development

Pope Francis names Cardinal Czerny head of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development

Pope Francis names Cardinal Czerny head of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.

Cardinal Michael Czerny has been appointed as the new prefect of the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development. / Pablo Esparza/CNA.

Vatican City, Apr 23, 2022 / 05:00 am (CNA).

Pope Francis appointed Cardinal Michael Czerny, SJ, as the new prefect of the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development on Saturday.

Czerny, 75, succeeds Cardinal Peter Turkson, who led the social development dicastery from 2016 to 2021.

Pope Francis on April 23 also named a new secretary for the dicastery, Sister Alessandra Smerilli, and appointed Fr. Fabio Baggio as the undersecretary of the dicastery with responsibility for its Migrants and Refugees Section.

Both Czerny and Smerilli have recently served as the “ad interim” leaders for the positions they were officially appointed to within the dicastery since the beginning of this year.

Pope Francis’ new appointments for the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development came on the same day that the pope named two new secretaries for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF).

The pope has selected Italian Monsignor Armando Matteo to lead the CDF’s Doctrinal Section and Irishman Monsignor John Joseph Kennedy to lead its Disciplinary Section.

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