By Duncan MacLaren
Integral Human Development is in vogue. In January 2017, Pope Francis merged the competences of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People and the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers ad experimentum. The new dicastery (Vatican ministry) is called the Pontifical Council for Promoting Integral Human Development.
The clue as to why the Pope has done this is in the Motu Proprio announcing these changes where he states, “In all her being and actions, the Church is called to promote the integral development of the human person in the light of the Gospel”. This article seeks to shed light on what Integral Human Development actually means, theologically and practically, for the Caritas family. Read the full article
 Pope Francis, Instituting the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development (Editrice Vaticana: Vatican City, 2016).
About the author
Duncan MacLaren KCSG is the former Director of SCIAF, the Scottish Caritas, and was Secretary General of Caritas Internationalis from 1999-2007. He is an Adjunct Professor of Australian Catholic University where he introduced and taught a degree in international development studies. He is Chair of SCIAF’s Integral Human Development sub-committee and a member of the SCIAF Board as well as a member of the Theologians’ Committee of Caritas Europa. He is undertaking doctoral studies in theology and development at the University of Glasgow.