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Full text: Pope Francis’ decree regarding Caritas Internationalis

Full text: Pope Francis’ decree regarding Caritas Internationalis

Pope Francis presides over Mass on the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, at the Cathedral of Asti in northern Italy. VATICAN MEDIA


Caritas Internationalis assists the Supreme Pontiff and the Bishops in the exercise of their ministry to the poorest and most in need, participating in the management of humanitarian emergencies and collaborating in the promotion of charity and justice in the world in the light of the Gospel and the teachings of the Catholic Church. In order to improve the fulfilment of this mission, it would appear necessary to revise the current regulatory framework to make it more appropriate to the statutory functions of the organization, and to prepare it for the elections to be held at the next General Assembly. With the fervent wish to facilitate the envisaged renewal of the Institution

I hereby appoint

Dr Pier Francesco Pinelli as Temporary Administrator of Caritas Internationalis, so that, as from 22 November 2022, he may temporarily direct it ad nutum by the Apostolic See, with all the powers of governance, in accordance with common law and the Statutes and Rules of the Institution, and with full authority to derogate from them, should he deem it opportune or necessary.

With the entry into force of this measure, the Members of the Representative Council and the Executive Council, the President and Vice Presidents, the Secretary General, the Treasurer and the Ecclesiastical Assistant shall cease from their respective offices.

The Temporary Administrator, aided in his duties by Dr. Maria Amparo Alonso Escobar and supported by Rev. Fr. Manuel Morujão, S.J., for the personal and spiritual accompaniment of the employees, will provide for the updating of the Statutes and Rules of Caritas Internationalis, for their greater functionality and effectiveness, guiding the Organization in the preparation of the next General Assembly. In this latter task the Temporary Administrator will be assisted by Cardinal Luis Antonio G. Tagle, who will be responsible in particular for relations with the local Churches and Member Organizations of Caritas Internationalis.

The Temporary Administrator will act in concert with the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.

From the Vatican, 21 November 2022



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