Pope Francis gives Cardinal Tagle authority over section of Dicastery for Evangelization

March 24, 2023 - 10:04 AM
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Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, papal legate to the general conference of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences, after the closing Mass in Bangkok, Thailand, on Oct. 30, 2022. (CBCP News)

Pope Francis has issued a decree giving Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, pro-prefect of the Dicastery for Evangelization, full legal authority over the second section of the dicastery, which is responsible for First Evangelization and New Particular Churches.

The decree implements the reforms mentioned by the apostolic constitution Praedicate Evangelium, which aims to reform the offices of the Roman Curia.

The document splits the Dicastery for Evangelization into two sections — for Fundamental Questions regarding Evangelization in the World, which is headed by a pro-prefect, Archbishop Salvatore Fisichella, ad the second by Cardinal Tagle.

Pope Francis serves as prefect of the dicastery, with authority over the two sections.

The papal decree gives Cardinal Tagle and his successors the authority to control resources headed for mission territories.

Read the decree here.