Pope Francis appointed Dr. Pier Francesco Pinelli as a temporary Administrator to relaunch Caritas Internationalis in a decree issued on Tuesday.
The Pope appointed the temporary administrator to revise the current Caritas’ procedures and norms and to prepare for the elections at the next General Assembly.
Dr. Pinelli is a “well-known organizational consultant and administrator” “with a more humanist than technical way of proceeding.”
He has 33 years of work experience in different sectors and 10 years as “CEO and then Chairman of large energy companies.”
He was the Administrator of the Italian Government for the rehabilitation of cultural and performing arts organizations.
He served at the Jesuit Education Foundation, the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development (DPIHD), Magis, and Trecanni.
He volunteered in the works for “the recovery of drug addicts, in development cooperation, support for missionary works, and catechesis.”
The Decree names Dr. Maria Amparo Alonso Escobar to assist Dr. Pinelli and Rev. P. Manuel Morujão, SJ, to support to Dr. Pinelli "for the personal and spiritual accompaniment of the employees”.
Ms. Maria Amparo Alonso Escobar is currently serving as Head of Advocacy for Caritas International.
Economist Ms. Alonso has worked with Caritas member organizations for 28 years.
Father Morujão served in pastoral and spiritual ministry in Goa, Cape Verde, his native Portugal, and was appointed as a Missionary of Mercy by Pope Francis.
The decree stated that those currently serving as President, Vice-Presidents, General Secretary, Treasurer, and Ecclesiastical Assistant “shall cease from their respective offices” and Cardinal Luis Antonio G. Tagle, President of Caritas Internationalis until now, will assist Dr. Pinelli in the duties entrusted to him.
Caritas Internationalis is assisting the Pope and bishops in the ministry of the humanitarian help of charity and justice to the poorest and the neediest “in the light of the Gospel and the teaching of the Catholic Church.”
Caritas Internationalis is a confederation of 162 Catholic relief, development, and social service organizations, operating in more than 200 countries.
Its headquarters is incorporated in the Holy See and is supervised by the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development (DPIHD). - With inputs from Vatican News
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