Pope creates new curial dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, names Cardinal Turkson prefect

Pope creates new curial dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, names Cardinal Turkson prefect

[In conjunction with his September 2016 general prayer intention: “That each may contribute to the common good and to the building of a society that places the human person at the center”?]

Catholic World News – August 31, 2016

Pope Francis has instituted the dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development and has named Cardinal Peter Turkson, the president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, as its first prefect.

In an unprecedented development, however, the Pope announced that he would personally oversee work involving migrants and refugees. Because “there cannot be a service to integral human development without special attention to migration,” the Vatican explained in an August 31 statement introducing the new dicastery, the work with migrants will take place “directly under the guidance of teh Holy Father.”

In Humanam Progressionem, the apostolic letter instituting the dicastery, the Pope said that the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, and the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers will cease to exist as of January 1. The new office will combine their functions.

The new curial dicastery, the Pope stated, will attend to “the inestimable goods of justice, peace, and the care of creation,” as well as “health and charitable works” and issues associated with “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.”

The creation of the new dicastery comes two weeks after Pope Francis appointed Bishop Kevin Farrell of Dallas as prefect of the Vatican’s new dicastery for Laity, the Family, and Life. As with that office, Pope Francis chose to set up the office as a “dicastery” without specifying whether it would have the status of a Vatican congregation. Also, he approved the statutes for the new office “ad experimentum,” allowing for modifications at a later date.

The dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, like the dicastery for Laity, the Family, and Life, had been proposed by the Council of Cardinals as a step toward streamlining the work of the Roman Curia, combining the roles of several existing offices into a single coordinated body.

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3 comments on “Pope creates new curial dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, names Cardinal Turkson prefect

  1. The traditional intentions of the Pope one prays for the gaining of an indulgence are;
    1. Exaltatio S. Matris Ecclesiæ (The triumph/growth of holy mother the Church),
    2. Extirpatio hæresum (The rooting out of heresy),
    3. Propagatio fidei (The propagation of the Faith)
    4. Conversio peccatorum (The conversion of sinners),
    5. Pax inter principes christianos (Peace among christian rulers).

  2. [LifeSiteNews on Cardinal Turkson]

    In 2015, Turkson raised eyebrows when he suggested to the BBC that “birth control” could be used as a solution to perceived overpopulation and said Pope Francis had previously called for “a certain amount of control of birth.”

    He later walked back his statements, saying he regretted using the term “birth control” when what he meant was spacing of births or “responsible parenthood.”

    “When I used the phrase ‘birth control,’ what I had in mind was the Church’s own traditional teaching about responsible parenthood,” Turkson said. “So wherever anyone reads ‘birth control’ in the BBC interview, they should understand it as meaning ‘responsible parenthood.’”

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