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The Holy Father, in an audience granted to His Excellency Archbishop Edgar Peña Parra, Substitute for General Affairs of the Secretariat of State, on 31 March 2020, has decided to extend the deadline and the legal effects of the previous Rescriptum ex audientia ss.mi of 18 March 2020, containing extraordinary and urgent measures to counter the  epidemiological  emergency from Covid-19 and contain its negative effects on the course of judicial activity. The deadline, initially set for 3 April 2020, has been extended to 4 May 2020.

The Holy Father has determined that this Rescriptum be promulgated by publication in L’Osservatore Romano, with immediate effect, and subsequently published in the official commentary of the Acta Apostolicae Sedis.

From the Vatican, 1 April 2020

Cardinal Pietro Parolin
Secretary of State