About the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development

About the Dicastery

The Laudato Si’ Action Platform is an initiative of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, which was established Motu Proprio by Pope Francis in 2016.

Among other initiatives, this Dicastery–in dialogue with the members of the Church, international organizations and civil society, confronting believers and non-believers–proposes activities, projects and initiatives of study and reflection dedicated to a greater elucidation of Laudato Sì; to the environment and to ecology, helping to spread a culture of respect for the planet and the human being; to the right to land; to the development of agriculture; to the correct management of energy, water and subsoil sources; to mining and extraction activities; to the rights of indigenous peoples.

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“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.”

Apostolic Letter of Pope Francis


Cardinal Peter K. A. Turkson was born in Nsuta-Wassaw, Ghana, on October 11, 1948. On July 20, 1975 he was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Cape Coast. On October 6, 1992, Pope John Paul II appointed him Archbishop of Cape Coast on and later promoted him to Cardinal at the Consistory on October 21, 2003. On September 24, 2013, Pope Francis confirmed him as head of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and, in 2016, appointed him as the first Prefect of the new Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.


Msgr. Bruno Marie Duffé was born in Lyon, France, on August 21, 1951. In June of 1981, he was ordained priest in the Archdiocese of Lyon and exercised his ministry as Parish Vicar and Parish priest. He earned his doctorate in Political Philosophy and Social Ethics in 1996. Since June 2017 he has been serving as Secretary of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.

Adjunct Secretary

Fr. Augusto Zampini Davies was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina on July 25, 1969. He was ordained priest of the Diocese of San Isidro, Argentina, on October 22, 2004. Before entering the seminary, he studied law and worked as a lawyer. He earned his doctorate in theology in 2014. Starting in 2017, Fr. Augusto worked as the Coordinator of Development and Faith office of this Dicastery. In 2018, Pope Francis appointed him as one of the experts/advisors to the Synod of the Amazon in 2019. On April 8, 2020, The Holy Father appointed him as Adjunct Secretary.

Ecology Section

The coordinator of the Ecology Section of the Dicastery is Rev. Dr. Joshtrom Isaac Kureethadam. Rev. Dr. Kureethadam is also Chair of Philosophy of Science and Director of the Institute of Social and Political Sciences at the Salesian Pontifical University in Rome.

Dr. Tebaldo Vinciguerra and Fr. Emmanuel Vyakuno Kakule are on the staff of the Ecology and Creation Sector. 

“I want to recognize, encourage and thank all those striving in countless ways to guarantee the protection of the home which we share.” (LS 13)

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