Pope Appoints Woman as the New Secretary for the Pontifical Commission for Latin America

The Holy See appointed Emilce Cuda as Secretary of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America.

Emilce Cuda. Photo from Vatican News

Newsroom (22/02/2022 08:02 PM Gaudium Press)  The Vatican Press Office published last week the appointment of Emilce Cuda as the new Secretary of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America.

Theology professor in Argentina and the United States

The professor had previously held the position of Head of Office of the Commission since July 26, 2021 and will now become the new Secretary of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America (CAL) and Professor Rodrigo Guerra López, also Secretary.

The Argentine Emilce Cuda, 57, is a professor of theology at the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina and the American University Saint Thomas.

She holds a doctorate in theology from the Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina Santa María de Buenos Aires (UCA), studied philosophy at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) and is a professor-researcher of political theology at the UCA, the UBA and the Universidad Nacional Arturo Jauretch (UNAJ).

Emilce Cuda is also visiting professor at Boston College University, Northwestern University, and Paul University.

Other posts and publications

At Celam (the Latin American Episcopal Council), the newly appointed Secretary participates in the professional team of consultants in politics and labour. She also participates in the group of international experts advising the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Programme.

The Secretary of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America is the author of several theses and books that address democracy, the magisterium of the Church, ethics and politics.

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In 2016 she wrote the book Para Leer A Francisco: Teología, ética y política (in free translation: Reading Francis: Theology, Ethics and Politics).

The Pontifical Commission for Latin America is an organism of the Roman Curia born in 1958. Its principal function is to provide guidance to the particular Churches in Latin America and to study questions and problems particular to these Churches.

The Commission is presided by Cardinal Marc Ouellet, who is also Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops.

With information from Vatican News.

Compiled by Gustavo Kralj

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