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Legates
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(apostolic), from Lat. legare (“to dispatch/send someone”), are representatives of the Apostolic See in local churches, states, as well as at international organizations and conferences. Conciliar reform impulses (CD art. 9f.) led to a reorganization through Pope Paul VI's motu proprio Sollicitudo Omnium Ecclesiarum (Jun 24, 1969; AAS 61, 1969, 473–484) and the CIC/1983 (cc. 362–367). The primary function of the legates is to enable communication between the pope and the local churches (c. 364); their secondary function is to act as…

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Rees, Wilhelm, “Legates”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 03 July 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_12794>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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