Here is a translation of the letter from Pope
Francis to Cardinal Velasio De Paolis:
Venerable Brother Cardinal Velasio De Paolis
In an audience
on May 27th, you explained the progress of the
ministry of Delegate for the Congregation of the Legionaries
of Christ which my beloved predecessor, Benedict XVI, entrusted to
you on June 16, 2010.
I would like
to thank you for having brought me up to speed
on what you have done in fulfilling this delicate
task. As well, I would like to assure you that
I have carefully considered what you presented to me
in the report you sent with your letter on
May 10th, as well as the content of the prior
reports and the material regarding the Apostolic Visitation which
took place in 2009 and 2010.
that your mandate will last until the celebration of the
extraordinary Chapter of the Congregation of the Legionaries of
Christ, which you will preside, and which will be
held at the beginning of the beginning of 2014. The
Chapter’s main tasks will be the election of a
new Government for the Institute and the approval of
the new Constitutions, which you will then take care to
send me in order to examine them according to
standard procedure. These will be fundamental steps in the
path towards the authentic and profound renewal of the
Congregation of the Legionaries of Christ and, indirectly, as
well for the activity of the whole Regnum Christi Movement.
Please keep me up to date on the process
of preparation for the Chapter. I am invoking the
aid of the Holy Spirit so that He will inspire
in all the religious a greater dedication to the
task of discernment regarding their vocation within the Church
and the world.
I extend warm thanks for this
task to which you have so generously committed yourself.
Please extend a word of encouragement on my behalf to
all the Legionaries of Christ, to the Consecrated Men
and Women of the Regnum Christi Movement and the
lay people committed in it. I assure them all a
place in my prayers and I send a special
Apostolic Blessing to all, entrusting them to the care
of Mary, Mother of the Church.
From the Vatican,
June 19, 2013.
The original Italian
can be downloaded here.