Pontifical Council Cor Unum

The Pontifical Council Cor Unum for Human and Christian Development was a dicastery of the Roman Curia of the Catholic Church from 1971 to 2016.

History

The Pontifical Council was established by Pope Paul VI on July 15, 1971 and was based in the Palazzo San Callisto , on Piazza San Callisto, Rome .

Effective 1 January 2017, the work of the Council has been assumed by the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development , in which it was merged by Pope Francis . [1]

Description

The name of the pontifical council means “one heart”, which Paul VI explained in 1972: “So we were able to give your heart to the heart of Christ, whose heart for the hungry multitudes. [2]

Its mission was “the care of the Catholic Church for the needy, and the promotion of human fellowship and making manifest the charity of Christ”, and it undertook this mission by carrying out humanitarian relief operations following disasters, fostering charity and encouraging cooperation and coordinating Catholic organizations.

Officials

Presidents

  • Cardinal Roger Etchegaray (1984.04.08 – 1995.12.02) (France)
  • Cardinal Bernardin Gantin (1978.09.04 – 1984.04.08) (Benin)
  • Cardinal Paul Josef Cordes (1995.12.02 – 2010.10.07) (Germany)
  • Cardinal Robert Sarah (2010.10.07 – 2014.11.24) (Guinea)

Vice Presidents

  • Bishop Ramón Torrella Cascante (1971.07.22 – 1975.12.20) (Spain)
  • Cardinal Bernardin Gantin (1976 – 1978.09.04) (Benin)
  • Archbishop Alfredo Bruniera (1978.11.06 – 1981) (Italy)
  • Archbishop Alois Wagner (1981.10.12 – 1999.07.08) (Austria)

Secretaries

  • Father Henri de Riedmatten, OP (1971 – 1979) (Switzerland)
  • Father Roger of the Walnut, MEP (1979 – 1988) (France)
  • Iván Antonio Marín López (1992 – 1997.04.19) (Colombia)
  • Monsignor Karel Kasteel (1998.03.28 – 2009.06.02) (Netherlands)
  • Msgr. Giovanni Pietro Dal Toso (2010.06.22 – 2017.01.01) (Italy)

Under-Secretaries

  • Father Lajos Kada (1972 – 1975.06.20) (Hungary)
  • Roger du Noyer, MEP (1975 – 1979) (France)
  • Henri Forest, SJ (1979 – 1987)
  • Iván Antonio Marín López (1987 – 1992) (Colombia)
  • Monsignor Karel Kasteel (1992 – 1998.03.28) (Netherlands)
  • Msgr. Francisco Azcona San Martín (1998 – 2003) (Spain)
  • Msgr. Giovanni Pietro Dal Toso (2004.06.21 – 2010.06.22) (Italy)
  • Msgr. Segundo Tejado Muñoz (2011.01.05 – 2017.01.01)

References

  1. Jump up^ McElwee, Joshua J. (31 August 2016). “Francis creates new Vatican office for charity, justice, peace, migration” . National Catholic Reporter . Retrieved 31 August 2016 .
  2. Jump up^ Pontifical Council Cor Unum

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