The Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development is the entity of the Holy See tasked with promoting integral human development in the light of the Gospel, by paying attention to justice and peace and taking care of Creation.

The Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development was established by the Holy Father, Pope Francis, with the Apostolic Letter of August 17, 2016, in a new Motu Proprio, Humanam Progressionem. Taking care of integral human development requires paying attention to the issues of justice, peace and taking care of Creation, and extends to all aspects regarding health, charity work, migration, the needy, the sick and the excluded, the disenfranchised and the victims of armed conflict and natural disasters, the imprisoned, the unemployed and the victims of any form of slavery and torture.

On 1 January 2017, the Dicastery took over the activities of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, and the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers (for the Pastoral of Health).

Set up at the Dicastery are the Commission for Charity, the Commission for Ecology and the Commission for Health Care Workers, each operating according.</ to its own norms.

A section of the Dicastery deals specifically with issues concerning migrants, refugees and victims of human trafficking, paying due attention to issues regarding the needs of those who are forced to abandon their countries or those who are without one.

Caritas Internationalis, according to its Statutes, falls within the competence of the Dicastery, and it maintains a close relationship with the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, taking into account its Statutes. It also collaborates with the Secretariat of State, by participating in the Holy See’s delegations at intergovernmental meetings in matters for which it is competent. >