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Source: Agenzia Fides – MIL OSI

Headline: ASIA/HOLY LAND – A “Statute” for the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem

Jerusalem – An easily understandable and uniform instrument for regulating the “internal affairs” of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, is intended to bring the administration of the various institutions of the Patriarchate in line with canon law and the latest regulations of the Holy See. With this in mind, the first “Statute of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem” was conceived and created, the result of the restructuring of the institutions of the patriarchate initiated in 2016 by Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of the Patriarchate. The Statute is divided into three sections and, as Archbishop Pizzaballa explains in the introduction letter signed on June 4, 2020, contains clear and unambiguous provisions on the spiritual, pastoral and economic dimensions of the patriarchate. The new instrument also aims at organically reorganizing the provisions introduced by the various patriarchs over time and adapting them to the current legal and canonical framework that governs the functioning of Catholic ecclesiastical institutions. After an introduction on the identity and mission of the Patriarchate – reports abouna.org website – the Statute defines the duties and tasks of the Patriarch, the Bishops and priests, collaborators, advisory councils and ecclesiastical courts. Specific sub-sections are also dedicated to the functioning of institutions related to the Patriarchate, such as the Patriarchal Seminary of Beit Jala and the patriarchal schools. Particular care is taken in giving indications on the transparency and economic-financial sustainability of all the individual realities and activities placed under the control of the Patriarchate – parishes, schools, universities, welfare centers.

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