May 25, 2011. (Romereports.com)
During its General Assembly in Rome, Caritas Internationalis re-elected Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga as its president for the next four years. The Cardinal received 75 percent of the vote.
As president, Rodríguez Maradiaga will continue to oversees the work of Caritas Internationalis in 165 countries.
The Cardinal has a lengthy history of service. He was the Vatican's spokesperson with the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank on the issue of third world debt. He was President of the Conference of Latin American Bishops (CELAM) from 1995 to 1999.
The Cardinal was running against Denis Viénot. A native of Paris who served as president of Caritas Internationalis from 2005 to 2007.
In addition to electing Cardinal Maradiaga, the confederation also saw the approval of interim treasurer Jürg Krummenacher. On Thursday, the General Secretary will be elected. Three hundred representatives of Caritas are in Rome for the organization's 19th General Assembly, which ends on May 27th.