July 23, 2010. Rome, Italy. In the following letter Pope
Benedict XVI appoints Archbishop Velasio De Paolis, CS, as papal
delegate for the Legionaries of Christ. The appointment was published
by the Holy See’s Press Office on July 9, 2010.
On the next day, Archbishop De Paolis presented it to
the congregation of the Legionaries of Christ in Rome. The
original Italian text can be read here, and an
unofficial English translation is presented below.
To our Venerable
Velasio De Paolis, CS
Titular Archbishop of Telepte
Apostolic Visitation of the Congregation of the Legionaries of Christ
has made clear, besides the sincere zeal and fervent religious
life of a great number of the Congregation’s Members, the
need and urgency to undertake a path of in-depth revision
of the Institute’s charism. Moved by the desire to follow closely,
support, and guide this journey, I have seen fit to appoint
a personal Delegate for this Religious Family, to be both
a concrete sign of my closeness and to act in
Venerable and beloved brother, given your preparation and
experience in the juridical and ecclesial spheres, enriched by your
spirit of service, pastoral solicitude, and your sense of religious
life, I wish to entrust this responsibility to you. Thus,
by means of this letter, I am naming you my
Delegate for the Congregation of the Legionaries of Christ, and
I confer on you the task of governing this religious
institute in my name for as long as it takes
to carry out the path of renewal and lead it
to the celebration of an extraordinary General Chapter, whose main
purpose will be to bring to completion the revision of
the Constitutions. Some additional modalities for the fulfillment of this
office will be indicated through a specific decree.
I am well
aware of the importance of this mission I entrust to
you today, and the weight of responsibility it involves. I
thank you in anticipation for the readiness and generosity you
will no doubt show in this further act of service
to the Holy See, which will not fail to produce
abundant positive fruits.
I entrust your person, the beloved religious of
the Congregation of the Legionaries of Christ, and the members
of the Regnum Christi Movement to the heavenly protection of
the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church. I assure
you of my spiritual closeness in my heart and prayer,
and I cordially send to all my special apostolic blessing.
From the Vatican, June 16, 2010
• Decree from the Holy
See defining the modalities of the papal delegate’s work.
Velasio De Paolis’ letter to the Legionaries of Christ
(July 10, 2010).
• Archbishop Velasio De Paolis’ homily
during Mass with the Legionaries of Christ at the Center
for Higher Studies in Rome on July 10.