Secretariat for the Economy
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The Secretariat for the Economy (Italian: Segreteria per l'Economia) is a dicastery of the Roman Curia with authority over all economic activities of the Holy See and the Vatican City State. Pope Francis ordered the establishment of the secretariat in a motu proprio, Fidelis dispensator et prudens, published on 24 February 2014. It is headed by a cardinal-prefect, who reports directly to the Pope. It is, after the Secretariat of State, the second dicastery named a secretariat, an indication of its importance relative to other parts of the Curia. The seat of the secretariat will be in Saint John's Tower in the Vatican Gardens.
George Pell, Archbishop of Sydney, was named the secretariat's first prefect and "asked to start work as soon as possible". Pell said he would begin work at the Vatican "by the end of March". The Pope also announced the formation of a Council for the Economy to set policy guidelines for the secretariat and analyze its work. The council comprises eight cardinals or bishops and seven lay persons "with strong professional financial experience", chosen so that the body represents the global church. These members were named on 8 March. The council is headed by a cardinal coordinator, currently Reinhard Marx. The Pope will also appoint an auditor-general.
On 3 March, Pope Francis appointed Monsignor Alfred Xuereb as the first General Secretary of the Secretariat. On 22 March, Pope Francis appointed Monsignor Brian Ferme, a British-born jurist and head of the St. Pius X Faculty of Canon Law in Venice, as the first Prelate Secretary of the Council that oversees the Secretariat.
In an Motu proprio issued on 9 July 2014 the responsibilities of the Secretariat for the Economy were extended considerably, since it decreed that the Ordinary Section of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See (APSA) is to be transfered to the Secretariat, giving the latter control over purchasing and human resources.
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