Originally Published at OMIWORLD.ORG
Pope Francis has appointed the Oblate Superior General, Fr. Louis LOUGEN, to be a member of the Vatican Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.
The Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, created in 1622 by Pope Gregory XV, is currently composed of 49 members: 27 Cardinals, 16 Bishops and Archbishops, 2 National Directors of the Pontifical Mission Societies and 4 Superiors General, now including Father General.
At the head of the Congregation is its Prefect, His Eminence Cardinal Fernando Filoni, from Italy, and its Secretary is Archbishop Savio Hon Tai-Fai, from Hong Kong. (This position was once occupied by a former Oblate Superior General, the late Archbishop Marcello ZAGO.) Its current under-Secretary is Father Tadeusz Wojda, S.A.C., from Poland and its Adjunct Secretary and President of the Pontifical Mission Societies is Archbishop Protase Rugambwa, from Tanzania.
As a member of the Congregation, Father General will participate in its next (19th) Plenary Assembly in the autumn of next year.