Thursday, January 30, 2014

Law professor appointed as advisor to Vatican City State

On Saturday, Jan. 25, Pope Francis appointed Vincenzo Buonomo, who has worked with the Holy See for over 30 years and is a dean at the Pontifical Lateran University, as an advisor to Vatican City.

The appointment demonstrates the Roman Pontiff's balance between seeking the counsel of outside experts as well as those who have been long associated with Vatican structures.

Buonomo has served as dean of the civil law department at the Lateran University since 2006, a department at which he began teaching in 1984. He has authored books and articles on international law and organizations, which have contributed to the protection of human rights and religious freedom around the world.

He is office chief of the Vatican's delegation to the U.N. Organisations and Entities for Food and Agriculture, where he has served since 1993. And on Jan. 16, he assisted in presenting a Holy See report on children's rights to the U.N.'s child rights committee.

Buonomo is also a member of the advisory panel on religious freedom at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, and consults for the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Assistance to Health Care Workers.

According to a source familiar with the Vatican Secretariate of State, Pope Francis is “keeping a balance in consulting the external experts and men of the internal institutions when it is needed.”

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