Michael Czerny, SJ: A New Cardinal for the Peripheries

On October 22, we will pay tribute to Michael Czerny and give thanks for his tireless work with migrants and refugees.

Credit: The Catholic Register

Among the 13 new Cardinals that Pope Francis announced this month is Canadian Jesuit, and Loyola High School Alumnus, Father Michael Czerny, SJ. Cardinal-designate Czerny is the Under-Secretary of the Migrants and Refugees Section of the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development. He has served the Society of Jesus and the Church internationally in various ways over the decades, especially in the social sphere. He was one of those who offered to replace the Jesuit martyrs of El Salvador at the Jesuit University of San Salvador. He was Secretary of the Secretariat for Social Justice at the General Curia, created the African Jesuit Network on AIDS (AJAN) and then served on the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace before moving to his current position in the dicastery for the service of integral development. He was also appointed Secretary of the Synod on the Pan-Amazon Region to be held in October.

Cardinal-designate Czerny graduated from
Loyola High School in Montreal in 1963.

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