Cardinal Tagle has been appointed Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples or Propaganda Fide
WHAT IS PROPAGANDA FIDE
It is the congregation of the Roman Curia responsible for missionary work and related activities. Its former title was the Sacred Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith or Sacra Congregatio de Propaganda Fide or simply the Propaganda Fide.
According to the Propaganda Fide Historical Archives, the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, historically known as De Propaganda Fide, is one of the Dicasteries that make up the Roman Curia, ie, all of the Dicasteries and organisms that help the Roman Pontiff in the exercise of his supreme pastoral office for the good and the service of the universal Church and the particular Churches. It thus strengthens the unity of faith and communion of the People of God and promotes the mission of the Church in the world as defined by Pope John Paul II Article 1 of the Apostolic Constitution Pastor Bonus.
HOW EXTENSIVE IS THE WORK
The Congregation has jurisdiction over countries in almost every continent including Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean and North America. According to Fernando Cardinal Filioni (2016), “The Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples has jurisdiction over 186 archdioceses, 785 dioceses, 82 vicariates apostolic, 39 prefectures apostolic, 4 apostolic administrations, 6 missiones sui iuris, 1 territorial abbacy, and 6 military ordinariates.
FIRST FILIPINO PREFECT
Cardinal Tagle is the first Filipino prefect of this Congregation.