Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development

Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development
Established17 August 2016
FounderPope Francis
Merger ofPontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Pontifical Council Cor Unum, Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, Pontifical Council for Health Pastoral Care
Peter Turkson
Bruno M. Duffé
Nicola Riccardi, Segundo Tejado Muñoz, Michael Czerny, Fabio Baggio
Parent organization

The Vatican announced the creation of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development (Dicasterium ad integram humanam progressionem fovendam in Latin) on 31 August 2016 and it became effective 1 January 2017. Cardinal Peter K. A. Turkson was named its first prefect. The Prefect is to be assisted by a Secretary and at least one Undersecretary.


This dicastery of the Roman Curia combined the work of four Pontifical Councils established following the Second Vatican Council: Justice and Peace, Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, Pastoral Assistance to Health Care Workers, and Cor Unum.[1] Pope Francis has given it responsibility for "issues regarding 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".[2]

On 16 June 2017 the Pope named Msgr. Bruno Marie Duffé, a French professor with long experience in human rights and relief work, the dicastery's Secretary.[3] Fr. Nicola Riccardi and Msgr. Segundo Tejado Muñoz have been named undersecretaries, on 8 July 2017.

The Pope announced that "temporarily" he would personally direct the special Section for Migrants and Refugees as a part of the Dicastery.[4] He named the Canadian Jesuit Fr. Michael Czerny and the Italian Scalabrinian Fr. Fabio Baggio to serve as undersecretaries for issues related to refugees and migrants.[5]