Pontifical Council Cor Unum

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The Pontifical Council Cor Unum for Human and Christian Development is a dicastery of the Roman Curia of the Catholic Church. It was established by Pope Paul VI on 15 July 1971 and is based in the Palazzo San Callisto, in Piazza San Callisto, Rome.


The name of the pontifical council means "one heart", which Paul VI explained in 1972: "So we were able to give your ecclesial action for aid the name of one heart, a heart that beats in rhythm with the heart of Christ, whose pity for the hungry multitudes reaches them even in their spiritual hunger".[1]

Its mission is "the care of the Catholic Church for the needy, thereby encouraging human fellowship and making manifest the charity of Christ", and it undertakes this mission by carrying out humanitarian relief operations following disasters, fostering charity, and encouraging cooperation and coordination of other Catholic organizations.

The Council has a President, Secretary, Under-secretary, 38 Members and 9 Consultors, all appointed for five year terms, plus a permanent staff of 9. The role of president has been vacant since Robert Sarah was named prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments on 23 November 2014. Monsignor Giovanni Pietro Dal Toso, formerly the Undersecretary of the Council, serves as Secretary. On Wednesday 5 January 2011, Pope Benedict XVI named Monsignor Segundo Tejado Munoz, an official of the Pontifical Council, as its Undersecretary.


  1. ^ Pontifical Council Cor Unum

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