HAND-WRITTEN LETTER OF THE
JOHN PAUL II FOR THE SAHEL
With deep satisfaction I have learned that the appeal I addressed
on 10 May 1980 at Ouagadougou on behalf of the population of the Sahel,
harshly stricken by increasing aridity and drought, has had a wider
international response. Numerous faithful, particularly in the Federal
Republic of Germany, moved by sincere feelings of universal solidarity
and by true Christian spirit, have generously offered their contribution
in order to relieve the sufferings of their African brothers and sisters.
Having considered then that in spite of the many initiatives of
governments and of the international community the situation persists in
its seriousness, after consulting my brothers in the Episcopate of the
region of the Sahel, it seemed opportune to give a more organic,
permanent and effective form to the Church's aid intended for Sahel in a
spirit of charity, authentic human promotion and collaboration with all
the organizations committed to aid programmes.
To this end, by virtue of my supreme apostolic authority in the
Church, and my sovereignty in Vatican City State, in keeping with canons
331, 114 par. 1, 115 par. 3, and 116 par. 1 of the Code of Canon Law,
article 1 of the fundamental Law of Vatican City of 7 June 1929, and
article 1 letter a) of the Law of sources of rights of 7 June 1929 II, I
erect the autonomous Foundation "Fondation Jean-Paul II pour le
Sahel" as a public canonical juridical person and as a civil
juridical person, with its seat in Vatican City State.
The Foundation will be governed by the canonical laws and civil
laws in effect in Vatican City and by the annexed Statutes with I now
In erecting this Foundation, I wish it to be the sign and
testimony of a work of charity done in the name of Christ in this Holy
Year of the Redemption.
Given in Rome on 22 February, Feast of the Chair of St Peter the
Apostle, in the year 1984, the sixth of the Pontificate.
PAULUS PP. II