Human-Development Aide Going to Caritas Internationalis

WASHINGTON, D.C., DEC. 16, 2004 ( Father Robert Vitillo, the executive director of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, will leave his post and join Caritas Internationalis, the Vatican-based confederation of service and development groups.

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Father Vitillo has directed the U.S. bishops’ development campaign for the past eight years. He will join Caritas as a special adviser on HIV and AIDS.

In his new post he will direct the Caritas Internationalis response to aspects of the global pandemic in various parts of the world.

He will also serve on the AIDS Funding Network Group of Catholic organizations engaged in HIV and AIDS programs in the developing world and other needy countries.

Te will also assist the secretary-general of Caritas Internationalis in liaison with the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers and the Holy See’s permanent observer at the U.N. center and agencies in Geneva.

He will begin his new assignment, based at the Centre Catholique International de Genève, in February.

Before working for the U.S. bishops’ conference, Father Vitillo was the delegate of Caritas Internationalis to the United Nations in New York and to the World Bank in Washington. He was Caritas Internationalis chief of service for Europe and North America from 1986 to 1989.

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