Guidelines for the Pastoral Care of Gypsies

Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, Guidelines for the Pastoral Care of Gypsies, 8-XII-2005, People on the move 38, suppl. 100 (2006) 131-178

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88. The dimension of the “Gypsy phenomenon” and its peculiarities do not always facilitate an effective pastoral response that is exclusively based on the institution of the diocesan or inter-diocesan Chaplaincy. An overall, long-lasting, and safer solution with an adequate degree of autonomy–always in harmonious agreement with local Church authorities– could be sought within the framework of pastoral structures provided for by the legislation and practice of the Church[13].
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[13] Cf. Second Vatican Council, Decree on the Ministry and Life of Priests Presbyterorum Ordinis (7 December 1965) N. 10: AAS LVIII (1966) 1007-1008 and Decree on the Mission Activity of the Church Ad Gentes (7 December 1965) N. 20, note 4: AAS LVIII (1966) 971, and N. 27, note 28: ibid. 979. Similarly, cf. Pope John Paul II, Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Ecclesia in America (6 November 1999) N. 65, note 237: AAS XCI (1999) 800 and Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Ecclesia in Europa (28 June 2003) N. 103, note 106: AAS XCV (2003) 707. Cf. CIC canons 294-297.
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