Patriarch appointed to the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace
VATICAN CITY – On Saturday, September 29, the Holy Father appointed members and advisors to the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. His Beatitude , Fouad Twal, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem was named one of the new Council members.
The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace” is a department of the Roman Curia. Its role and function are defined in sections 142 to 144 of the Apostolic Constitution Pastor Bonus . “The Council will promote justice and peace in the world, in the light of the Gospel and of the social teaching of the Church (art. 142).
The primary work of the Pontifical Council is to engage in action-oriented studies based on both the papal and episcopal social teaching of the Church. Through them, the Pontifical Council also contributes to the development of this teaching in the following vast fields of Justice, Peace and Human Rights.
The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace has a President assisted by a Secretary and an Under-Secretary, all named by the Holy Father for a period of five years. A staff of lay persons, religious and priests of different nationalities works with them in carrying out the programs and activities of the Council.
The Holy Father also appoints about forty Members and Consultors who serve in a personal capacity for a period of five years, from different parts of the world, and meet in Rome at regular intervals for a Plenary Assembly.