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Missio canonica
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In Roman Catholic usage missio canonica (canonical sending) is formal ecclesiastical commissioning for the permanent discharge of ecclesiastical offices (Ministry, Ministerial Offices) or for some specific functional activity as a special ministry.

1. In Roman Catholic canon law missio canonica denotes the jurisdictional commissioning of clergy relative to specific tasks and ministries, but also the orderly calling of all church members (Clergy and Laity) to responsible cooperation in the church’s ministry of sanctification, proclamation, or leadership (1983 CIC 129–44)…

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Drössler, Bernd T. and Phan, Peter C., “Missio canonica”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 31 May 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_M551>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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