Dr. Emilce Cuda

Secretary, Pontifical
Commission for Latin America/
Visiting Professor
Loyola University, Chicago

The Reform of the Church is Not a Change but a Commitment


Emilce Cuda is an Argentinian theologian, university professor, and Roman Curia official.  In 2021, Pope Francis appointed her to serve the Holy See as an official in the Pontifical Commission for Latin America, first as head of the office and then as co-Secretary.  In the spring of 2022, Francis appointed her to the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences and to the Pontifical Academy for Life.  She views her mission as assisting the Holy Father in preaching the gospel by building bridges that are about the peripheries.

Born in Buenos Aires, Emilce completed a cycle of studies at the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina that resulted in Bachelor, Master, Licentiate, and Ph.D./STD degrees. She also studied philosophy at the University of Buenos Aires.  She has an MBA from Commercial and Economic Sciences University.   In December 2022 the National University of Rosario in Argentina bestowed upon her a Doctorate of Humane Letters in honoris causa.

She has taught in various professorial capacities in the aforementioned, UCA, UBA, UCES universities, Boston College, DePaul, Northwestern, the National University Arturo Juaretche, and others.

Emilce is married with two adult children.  She is one of the very few lay women to hold executive office in the Roman Curia.  She has been based at the Vatican since September 2022.