To continue with the work of inestimable value for the
Holy Places carried out by Pope Paul VI, of venerable
memory, we established on December 13, 1978 the Pontifical Institute
“Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center” in Jerusalem for purposes of
a religious, cultural, charitable, and educative nature.
Since then, this Pontifical Institute has always
been a meaningful expression of Our concern and spiritual closeness
to every ecclesial and human reality in the Holy Land,
which We have always loved, as have our predecessors.
In order to ensure the
stability and continuity of the Pontifical Institute “Notre Dame of
Jerusalem Center”, we have considered it fitting to entrust it
to the care and direction of the Congregation of the
“Legionaries of Christ”.
In fact it is well
known that this Congregation’s proper and specific purpose is the
establishment of our Lord Jesus Christ’s kingdom of love according
to the demands of Christian justice and charity.
We consider, therefore, that the Congregation
of the Legionaries of Christ is capable of providing:
- hospitality to pilgrims coming
from all over the world to visit the Holy Land,
particularly clergy and consecrated persons;
- initiatives proper to the “Notre Dame
of Jerusalem Center” as a privileged place of meeting and
dialogue among religions, cultures, and peoples;
- formation activities that will carry
on the work done so far in the Pontifical Institute;
that will be necessary to improve the care and direction
of the “Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center”.
His Eminence Angelo Cardinal
Sodano, Secretary of State, has been charged by Us to
execute this entrustment with the respective decree. He will ensure
that the norms necessary or useful directions are given, following
Our Decree of Establishment and observing the Statutes and other
operative laws and dispositions that have to do with the
Pontifical Institute “Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center”.
entrust this new apostolate of the Congregation of the Legionaries
of Christ in the Holy Land to the maternal intercession
of the Virgin Mary, Queen of Peace, under whose protection
this Pontifical Institute has always been placed.
Given in Rome, from the Apostolic Palace, November
26 in the year 2004, XXVI of Our Pontificate.