CHIROGRAPH OF THE
HOLY FATHER FRANCIS
ESTABLISHING A PONTIFICAL COMMISSION FOR REFERENCE
ON THE INSTITUTE FOR
WORKS OF RELIGION
With a Chirograph dated 1 March 1990, Blessed
John Paul II
established the Institute for Works of Religion as an entity with a public
juridical personality. He gave the Institute a new configuration while
preserving its name and purpose. In the same perspective, mindful that he wished
to bring the Institute's structures and activities more into line with the needs
of the times; taking up the invitation of our Predecessor
to ensure that economic and financial activities be permeated by the Gospel
principles; having heard the opinion of various Cardinals and other Brothers in
the Episcopate, as well as other collaborators, and in light of the need to
introduce reforms in the Institutions that offer assistance to the Apostolic
See, We have decided to establish a Commission for Reference on the Institute
for the Works of Religion that will gather accurate information on the legal
status and various activities of the Institute to permit, when necessary, a
better harmonization of the said Institute with the universal mission of the
Apostolic See. The Commission is to carry out its duties in accordance with this
Chirograph and with our provisions currently in force.
1. The Commission shall consist of a minimum of five Members, including a
President, who is its legal representative; a Coordinator, who has the ordinary
powers of a delegate and acts on behalf of and for the Commission, collecting
documents, data, and the necessary information; as well as a Secretary, who
assists Members and takes care of the proceedings.
2. The Commission shall be endowed with the appropriate powers and faculties
to carry out its institutional duties within the limits established by this
Chirograph and by the regulations of the juridical system. The Commission shall
collect the documents, data, and information necessary in order to carry out its
institutional duties. Professional secrecy and other possible restrictions
established by the juridical system shall neither curtail nor restrict the
access of the Commission to documents, data and information, with the exception
of the norms which protect the autonomy and independence of the Authorities who
oversee and regulate the Institute, which will remain in force.
3. The Commission shall have at its disposal the appropriate human and
material resources for its institutional functions. If necessary, it shall avail
itself of qualified staff and consultants.
4. The governance of the Institute shall continue to function in accordance
with the Chirograph which established it, unless we provide otherwise.
5. The Commission shall avail itself of the prompt cooperation of the Bodies
of the Institute, as well as of its entire staff. In addition, the Superiors,
Members and Officials of the Dicasteries of the Roman Curia, and of the other
Agencies connected with it, as well as of Vatican City State, shall likewise
cooperate with the Commission. Further, the Commission shall enlist the
cooperation of others, either spontaneously or when requested.
6. The Commission shall keep Us informed of its activities in the course of
7. The Commission shall deliver to Us promptly, upon the conclusion of its
tasks, the results of its work, as well as its entire archives.
8. The Commission's activities shall take effect as from the date of this
9. The dissolution of the Commission will be announced.
Given in the Vatican on 24 June 2013, in the first year of my Pontificate.