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The Holy Father appoints a Temporary Administrator to improve management and mission

To relaunch ‘Caritas Internationalis’ and its service

 To relaunch ‘Caritas Internationalis’ and its service   ING-047
25 November 2022

The Holy Father has appointed a Temporary Administrator to Caritas Internationalis in order to improve its management norms and procedures so as to better “serve its member charitable organizations around the world” and, at the same time to prepare it for the elections to be held during the next General Assembly. The appointment entered into force on 22 November. The following is the English text.


Caritas Internationalis assists the Holy Father and the Bishops in the exercise of their ministry to the poorest and most needy, participating in the management of humanitarian emergencies, and collaborating in the spread of charity and justice in the world in the light of the Gospel and the teachings of the Catholic Church. In order to improve the performance of this mission, it seems necessary to revise the statutes and the regulations, making the current regulatory framework more appropriate to the statutory functions of the organization, as well as preparing it for the elections to be held during the next General Assembly. With the keen desire to encourage the proposed renewal of the Organization

I appoint

Mr Pier Francesco Pinelli as Temporary Administrator of Caritas Internationalis, so that, as of 22 November 2022, he temporarily manage it ad nutum of the Apostolic See, with all the powers to govern, in accordance with common law and the Statutes and the Regulations of the Organization, and with full authority to derogate from the latter, if he deems it opportune or necessary.

With the entry into force of this Decree, the Members of the Representative Council and the Executive Board, the President and Vice Presidents, the Secretary-General, the Treasurer and the Ecclesiastical Assistant cease to hold their respective offices.

The Temporary Administrator will be supported in his duties by Ms Maria Amparo Alonso Escobar and Rev. Fr. Manuel Morujão, s.j. , for the personal and spiritual accompaniment of the staff. He will update the Statutes and Regulations of Caritas Internationalis, for their greater functionality and effectiveness, and will guide the Organization in the preparation of the next General Assembly. In this last task, the Temporary Administrator will be assisted by Cardinal Luis Antonio G. Tagle, who will deal particularly with the local Churches and Member Organizations of Caritas Internationalis.

The Temporary Administrator will carry out his mandate in agreement with the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.

From the Vatican, 21 November 2022