Cardinal Michael Czerny, SJ

Under-secretary of the Migrants and Refugees Section of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development


COP25, the 25th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, took place from 2 to 15 December 2019 in Madrid, a last-minute substitute after Chile withdrew as host due to unrest in its capital city, Santiago, the proposed venue. The Madrid meetings nevertheless proceeded under the presidency of Chile…. Read the full article


Cardinal-designate Michael Czerny, SJ and Dominican Msgr David Martínez de Aguirre provides an introduction to the next Synod for the Amazon to be held in Rome in October. Martínez de Aguirre was a missionary in Peru for 18 years and, since 2015, has been Apostolic Vicar of Puerto Maldonado. Fr Michael Czerny – who has… Read the full article


Soon after World War II, the 1951 U.N. Refugee Convention, a legally binding multilateral treaty, defined who is a refugee, what rights they have, and established the obligations of nations in their regard.[1] In the broader field of migration, however,[2] apart from a convention on migrant workers,[3] until now there has been no comparable international… Read the full article


The article describes the Church’s contribution to COP24, the World Conference on Climate Change held in December 2018. The Secretary of State and the Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations in New York intervened at the conference, underlining the need for urgent action. Progress has been made in regulating the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, but the political will to act promptly has been lacking. The authors, Michael Czerny, SJ and his brother Robert Czerny are respectively, Undersecretary of the Migrants and Refugees Section of the Dicastery for the Service of Integral Human Development, and a freelance author.