Team

Headed by Pope Francis, the Migrants & Refugees Section helps the Church to accompany refugees, those who are forced to migrate or victims of human trafficking.

Our Team

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Fr. Fabio BaggioUnder-Secretary

Fr. Fabio BaggioUnder-Secretary

Languages: Italian, English, Spanish

Fr. Fabio Baggio, is a missionary priest of the Scalabrinian Congregation. He obtained a Baccalaureate in Theology and a Licentiate and Ph.D. in Church History at the Pontifical Gregorian University. In his first years of mission Fr. Baggio served as advisor for migrations to the Chilean Bishops’ Conference and as Director of the Department for Migration in the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires. He taught in different universities in Europe, Latin America and Asia. From 2002 to 2010 he was Director of the Scalabrini Migration Center (SMC) in Quezon City (Philippines) and editor of “Asian and Pacific Migration Journal.” In 2010 he was appointed Director of the Scalabrini International Migration Institute (SIMI), incorporated to the Pontifical Urban University in Rome. From 1 January 2017 he is Under-Secretary of the Refugees and Migrants Section of the Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development.

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Fr Michael Czerny S.J.Under-Secretary

Fr Michael Czerny S.J.Under-Secretary

Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish

Fr. Michael Czerny S.J. joined the Jesuit Order in 1963 and was ordained a Catholic Priest in 1973. He has worked in social justice ministry in Canada, Central America, Africa — principally on human rights, health, peace, ecology, AIDS. Since 2010 in the Vatican, he now focuses on migrants and refugees. A good writer and speaker in several languages, he works to make connections, especially with the Church, and help others to cooperate.

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Diego CarámbulaRegional Coordinator of South America

Diego CarámbulaRegional Coordinator of South America

Languages: Spanish, Portuguese, English

Diego Carámbula is Uruguayan. In the field of migration, he was Director of Operations of the Scalabrini International Migration Network in New York, and director of the Center for Latin American Migratory Studies of Buenos Aires. He has obtained a Ph.D. in Business Administration at the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina and a master’s degree in Latin American Social and Political Studies at the Jesuit University Alberto Hurtado (Chile). He is currently a student of the Doctorate in International Migrations at the Pontifical University of Comillas in Madrid. Diego is currently Regional Coordinator for South America of the Migrants and Refugees Section, since April 2017.

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Pascale DebbanéRegional Coordinator Middle East

Pascale DebbanéRegional Coordinator Middle East

Languages: English, French, Arabic

Pascale Debbané is Lebanese, with her own experience as a migrant and refugee. Fleeing Lebanon towards the end of the fifteen-year war, her family chose Canada as a country of refuge. She then returned to her homeland and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development & Psychology; and a Masters degree in Human Resources Management, in which she worked for ten years, covering the MENA region. As an active member of a catholic community, she decided to serve the Catholic Church, and helped organize the Golden Jubilee of the Charismatic Renewal, with the Holy Father in Rome. In November 2017, she joined the M&R Section as Regional Coordinator for the Middle East.

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Naoko MaruyamaRegional Coordinator East and Southeast Asia

Naoko MaruyamaRegional Coordinator East and Southeast Asia

Languages: English

Naoko Maruyama, Japanese-Filipino, has a Bachelors Degree in International Relations and a Masters Degree in Migration and Development. Having lived and studied in nine countries, she has been involved in development, charity work, and social justice since a young age. Her exposure to various multicultural and multilingual environments has driven her passion and enthusiasm to work with people of all backgrounds especially those on the move. She has been a part of the M&R Section team since September 2017.

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Fr. Robert Stark S.S.SRegional Coordinator North America, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean

Fr. Robert Stark S.S.SRegional Coordinator North America, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean

Languages: English, Spanish

Fr. Robert Stark S.S.S. was ordained a priest of the Blessed Sacrament order in 1977. He has a Phd in Social Ethics from the University of Chicago.  He has worked extensively for social justice with migrant communities in the United States and Central America. He is currently the Director of the Office for Social Ministry in the Diocese of Honolulu, and joined the Migrants and Refugees in 2017.

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Fr. Lambert TonamouRegional Coordinator Africa & Madagascar

Fr. Lambert TonamouRegional Coordinator Africa & Madagascar

Languages: French, Italian, English

Fr. Lambert Tonamou, originally from Guinea-Conakry, is a priest of the Missionary Fraternity of the Community of Sant’Egidio. He has a degree in Canon Law. Fr Tonamou was ordained in 2010 and served as parish administrator from 2010 to 2013 in the Parishes of Santa Maria dei Cavalieri Gaudenti, San Rocco and San Valentino, in the Diocese of Frosinone-Ferentino-Veroli. From 2013 to 2016, he worked at the former Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, initially in the Nomads-Circus/Fair Workers Sectors and then in the Civil Aviation Sector.  Since 2016, Fr. Tonamou has been working as Regional Coordinator for Africa in the Migrants and Refugees Section.

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Yuriy TykhovlisRegional Coordinator Eastern Europe - Central Asia

Yuriy TykhovlisRegional Coordinator Eastern Europe - Central Asia

Languages: English, Italian, Ukrainian, Russian

Ukrainian Lawyer, Yuriy Tykhovlis, after six years of work at the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace joined the MR Section in May of 2017. His academic background includes Ph.D. in Philosophy of Law with the thesis on relation between peace and justice in Thomas Aquinas and two LL.M. degrees in Commercial Law and Intellectual Property. Trying to be constantly updated, he is passionate in research and study of the arguments related to the migration phenomenon. Among his main personal interests there are new evangelization through proactive position of the Church in all dimensions of public and social life, migration and peace, prevention of human trafficking.

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Flaminia VolaRegional Coordinator Western Europe

Flaminia VolaRegional Coordinator Western Europe

Languages: Italian, English

Flaminia Vola, Italian, has a social anthropology background and a master’s degree in international cooperation. She has been working in development cooperation for more than 15 years, mainly focussing on sustainable development policies linked to human mobility. She joined the M&R Section’s Staff in September 2017 and “building bridges” is the goal that she intends to pursue with dedication. Passionate traveller and mountain peaks lover, is convinced that walking is the exercise that best enhances our human dimension, leading to meditation, gestures of brotherhood and spiritual closeness

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Lidia MagniCommunications Manager

Lidia MagniCommunications Manager

Languages: Italian, English, French

Lidia Magni is in charge of the Migrants & Refugees Section’s communications office. After obtaining a Degree in Communication, Livia became a professional journalist and spent over 10 years reporting on the world through images and words. Fascinated by the Section’s work to promote the encounter with the other, she communicates the most positive aspects of the migratory phenomenon. A genuine believer in the truth, she describes the honesty and integrity of those who welcome and are welcomed, in her awareness that narrating the positive can help build a better world.

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Sr Assunta BridiAdministrator

Sr Assunta BridiAdministrator

Languages: Italian, Portuguese, Spanish

Sr Assunta Bridi, from Brazil, is a Scalabrinian Missionary and holds a degree in Pedagogy and a degree in Clinical Psychology. She also has a diploma in Spirituality from the Salesian University in Rome. She has worked for 26 years in a school in São Paulo, Brazil. From 1998 to 1999, in São Paulo, she was the Director of the Centre for Studies for Migrants. From 2002 to 2016 she has worked in the former Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People. On the 1st January 2017 she became part of the team at the Migrants and Refugee Section as administrator. Sr Assunta makes human relationships essential for her daily work to be enjoyable and works to build stronger relationships.

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Sr Josepha M. GuillonAssistant of the Under-Secretaries

Sr Josepha M. GuillonAssistant of the Under-Secretaries

Languages: English, Italian, French, Spanish

Sister of Jerusalem, sr Josepha has French and Canadian nationalities. With a master’s degree in International Management and a degree in Theology, she has enjoyed very much working both in international development (Cafod UK; Frères des Hommes FR; Secours Catholique FR; Caritas International Belgium; Development and Peace CA) and within the Church (Archdiocese of Montreal CA; Apostolic Nunciature in Belgium and Luxembourg; Council Justice and Peace VA). Within her mission at the M&R Section she aims at a spirit of enthusiasm and prayerfulness.

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Massimo BoiAdmin Assistant

Massimo BoiAdmin Assistant

Languages: Italian, English, French

Massimo Boi, Italian, holds a degree in Engineering and has worked in the past for the former Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People. He now supports the Holy Father through his work for the Migrants and Refugees Section.