Leader of Catholic Charities Named to Cor Unum

Aid to the Church in Need President Also Joins Council

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VATICAN CITY, MAY 29, 2007 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI named 12 people to the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, the dicastery which oversees the Church's charitable activities around the world.



The new members include:

-- Archbishop Joseph Ngô Quang Kiêt of Ha Noi, Vietnam

-- Bishop Jean-Bosco Ntep of Edea, Cameroon

-- Bishop Lazzaro You Heung-sik of Daejeon, South Korea

-- Prince Karl von Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg, of the Diocese of Aquisgrana, Germany

Representing Catholic aid organizations, the Pope named:

-- Father Adam Deren, of the Archdiocese of Wroclaw, general director of Caritas Poland

-- Larry Snyder, of the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis, president of Catholic Charities

-- Sister Mary Sujita Kallupurakkathu, superior-general of the Notre Dame Sisters, representing the International Union of Superiors-General

-- Hans Peter Röthlin, president of Aid to the Church in Need

-- Marina Costa, of the Archdiocese of Genoa, president of the International Association of Charities

-- Rafael del Río Sendino, president of Caritas in Spain

-- Jean-Luc Moens, of Belgium, president of Fidesco

-- Begoña de Burgos López, of Spain, president of Manos Unidas.

The Pontifical Council Cor Unum was established in 1971.

The council acts as the executive instrument of the Pope for humanitarian initiatives in cases of disaster or in an integral promotion of humanity. It also promotes catechesis and information networking.