Pope Francis has appointed Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle as member of the Pontifical Council ‘Cor Unum,’ a body that manages the Church’s worldwide charitable activities.
The appointment came almost two months after the Manila archbishop was elected president of Caritas Internationalis, making him the first Asian to head the conference on global charities.
Instituted by Pope Paul VI in 1971, Cor Unum is part of the Vatican curia. It serves in the name of the Pope for humanitarian initiatives in cases of disaster.
The Cor Unum was among those which immediately sent aid after Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) struck several provinces in the Visayas.
The agency also funded the construction of the Pope Francis Center, which is composed of an orphanage, home for the aged and a clinic, in Palo, Leyte.