Pope Francis Names Cardinal Czerny Head of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development
He succeeds Cardinal Peter Turkson, who led the social development dicastery from 2016 to 2021.
Pope Francis appointed Jesuit Cardinal Michael Czerny as the new prefect of the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development on Saturday.
Pope Francis on April 23 also named a new secretary for the dicastery, Sister Alessandra Smerilli, and also appointed Father Fabio Baggio as the undersecretary of the dicastery with responsibility for its Migrants and Refugees Section.
Both Cardinal Czerny and Sister Alessandra 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.
Cardinal Czerny was born in Brno, Czechoslovakia, in 1946 and immigrated with his family to Canada at the age of 2. He has served as under-secretary of the Migrants and Refugees Section of the dicastery since 2017. The Jesuit priest received the cardinal’s red hat in October 2019.
Pope Francis named Sister Alessandra, an Italian economist and member of the Salesian Sisters of Don Bosco, as the dicastery’s interim secretary in August.
Father Baggio, an Italian missionary priest of the Scalabrian Order, was appointed an under-secretary of the Migrants and Refugees Section alongside Cardinal Czerny in December 2016.
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 Msgr. Armando Matteo to lead the CDF’s Doctrinal Section and Irish Msgr. John Joseph Kennedy to lead its Disciplinary Section.