Dicastery For Evangelization
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Dicastery For Evangelization

Dicastery for Evangelization
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Dicastery overview
FormedJune 5, 2022; 5 months ago (2022-06-05)
Preceding agencies
  • Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization
  • Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples
TypeDicastery
Dicastery executives

The Dicastery for Evangelization is a department (dicastery) of the Roman Curia. It was created on 5 June 2022 through the merger of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization and the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, by the apostolic constitution Praedicate evangelium.[1]

The dicastery is described in Praedicate evangelium as "at the service of the work of evangelization so that Christ, the light of the peoples, may be known and witnessed to in word and deed and that His Mystical Body, which is the Church, may be built up. The Dicastery is responsible for the fundamental questions of evangelization in the world and for the establishment, accompaniment and support of the new particular Churches, without prejudice to the competence of the Dicastery for the Eastern Churches."[2]

Importance

In Praedicate evangelium, the Dicastery for Evangelization is the first department in the list of departments of the Roman Curia. This is interpreted as meaning the Dicastery for Evangelization is made most important of all departments. For around the past 500 years, the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith and its equivalents were always the most important department.[3] During the press conference presenting the apostolic constitution, Bishop Marco Mellino stated that the order in which the dicasteries appear in Praedicate evangelium had no juridical effect, but that "perhaps" the order of the first three dicasteries did: evangelization (Dicastery for Evangelization) comes before doctrine (Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith), and doctrine is closely followed by the Dicastery for the Service of Charity.[4]

Organization

According to Praedicate evangelium, one section of this dicastery deals with "fundamental questions of evangelization in the world", the other with "first evangelization and the new particular Churches in the territories within its competence".[2] The dicastery is presided over directly by the Roman Pontiff who is its prefect.[1]

Hierarchy

The following are the list of the prefects and the pro-prefects for the Dicastery for Evangelization. This hierarchy of organization is peculiar to this Dicastery, compared to other dicasteries in the Roman Curia, wherein the incumbent pope will serve as its prefect, while being assisted by two pro-prefects, as stated in Praedicate evangelium.

Prefect

No. Name From Until
1 Pope Francis

(1936-)

05 June 2022 Present

Pro-prefect for the Section of New Evangelization

No. Name From Until
1 Salvatore (Rino) Fisichella

(1951-)

05 June 2022 Present[5]

Pro-prefect for the Section of First Evangelization

No. Name From Until
1 Luis Antonio Tagle

(1957-)

05 June 2022 Present[6]

References

  1. ^ a b Wooden, Cindy (19 March 2022). "Pope promulgates Curia reform, emphasizing church's missionary nature". Catholic News Service. Retrieved 2022.
  2. ^ a b "The Dicastery for Evangelization". Vatican News. 5 June 2022. Retrieved 2022.
  3. ^ O'Connell, Gerard (19 March 2022). "With Pope Francis' reform of the Roman Curia, nine years of work is coming to fruition". America Magazine. Retrieved 2022.
  4. ^ San Martín, Inés. "Vatican explains new reform of Roman Curia, with evangelization at its core". Crux. Retrieved 2022.
  5. ^ CNA. "Winning 2025 Jubilee Year logo unveiled after global competition". Catholic News Agency. Retrieved 2022.
  6. ^ "Cardinal Tagle opens AMECEA plenary with call for 'spirit of caring' - Vatican News". www.vaticannews.va. 11 July 2022. Retrieved 2022.

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