New Leader for Aid to the Church in Need

KOENIGSTEIN, Germany, JAN. 15, 2008 ( The international charity organization Aid to the Church in Need has formally installed its new secretary-general.

Pierre-Marie Morel, 59, is an alumnus of the Sorbonne University and has held a number of senior management positions in international companies such as IBM and ELF Aquitaine. He also taught economics at the University of Quebec, in Canada.

Morel has also played a leading role in a number of initiatives devoted to social and ethical issues.

He and his wife Anne have seven children.

Aid to the Church in Need is a charitable association of pontifical right and thus directly answerable to the Holy See. The charity has fundraising offices in 17 countries and annually supports more than 8,000 pastoral projects in some 140 countries.

The charity was founded in 1947 by a Dutch Norbertine priest, Father Werenfried van Straaten, and helps the Catholic Church wherever it faces persecution or discrimination or is too poor to fulfill its pastoral mission.