Pope Francis approves Caritas InternationalisNew Statues

By Courtney Mares

Vatican City, Feb 18, 2020 / 01:26 pm (CNA).- The Vatican announced Feb. 17 that Pope Francis had

approved changes to Caritas Internationalis’ governing statutes and internal rules.

The new statutes had been in effect since May 2019 after a decree from the Vatican Secretariat of State

approved changes made by the general assembly of Caritas.

Pope Francis approved the amended statutes and internal rules for Caritas Internationalis in a Jan. 13

meeting with Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin. The meeting considered “the need to

redefine the purpose and order of Caritas Internationalis,” according to the Vatican statement.

The changes include moving the oversight of Caritas Internationalis to the Dicastery for Promoting

Integral Human Development. The international charity had been a part of the Pontifical Council Cor

Unum, which was absorbed by the development dicastery in 2017.

Caritas Internationalis did not disclose the changes to its internal rules. According to ACI Stampa, Caritas

has encouraged women’s leadership and the presence of young people with a representative council

within the organization.

As the the umbrella organization for 165 Catholic relief services throughout the world, Caritas

Internationalis is the largest Catholic global aid network.

Cardinal Luis Tagle continues to serve as president of Caritas Internationalis in his new post as prefect of

the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. Aloysius John was elected secretary general of

Caritas in May.

John said last week that Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation Querida Amazonia will serve as a “road

map” for Caritas Internationalis to follow.

“Querida Amazonia clearly shows that caring for the environment and caring for the poor are

‘inseparable,’” John said in a press release that highlighted the organization’s accompaniment of

indigenous communities’ “fight for their rights” in Brazil.