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In our times, the common good is increasingly threatened by transnational organized crime, the improper use of the markets and of the economy, as well as by terrorism.

It is therefore necessary for the international community to adopt adequate legal instruments to prevent and counter criminal activities, by promoting international judicial cooperation on criminal matters.

In ratifying numerous international conventions in these areas, and acting also on behalf of Vatican City State, the Holy See has constantly maintained that such agreements are effective means to prevent criminal activities that threaten human dignity, the common good and peace.

With a view to renewing the Apostolic See’s commitment to cooperate to these ends, by means of this Apostolic Letter issued Motu Proprio, I establish that:

1. The competent Judicial Authorities of Vatican City State shall also exercise penal jurisdiction over:

a) crimes committed against the security, the fundamental interests or the patrimony of the Holy See;

b) crimes referred to:

– in Vatican City State Law No. VIII, of 11 July 2013, containing Supplementary Norms on Criminal Law Matters;

– in Vatican City State Law No. IX, of 11 July 2013, containing Amendments to the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code;

when such crimes are committed by the persons referred to in paragraph 3 below, in the exercise of their functions;

c) any other crime whose prosecution is required by an international agreement ratified by the Holy See, if the perpetrator is physically present in the territory of Vatican City State and has not been extradited.

2. The crimes referred to in paragraph 1 are to be judged pursuant to the criminal law in force in Vatican City State at the time of their commission, without prejudice to the general principles of the legal system on the temporal application of criminal laws.

3. For the purposes of Vatican criminal law, the following persons are deemed “public officials”:

a) members, officials and personnel of the various organs of the Roman Curia and of the Institutions connected to it.

b) papal legates and diplomatic personnel of the Holy See.

c) those persons who serve as representatives, managers or directors, as well as persons who even de facto manage or exercise control over the entities directly dependent on the Holy See and listed in the registry of canonical juridical persons kept by the Governorate of Vatican City State;

d) any other person holding an administrative or judicial mandate in the Holy See, permanent or temporary, paid or unpaid, irrespective of that person’s seniority.

4. The jurisdiction referred to in paragraph 1 comprises also the administrative liability of juridical persons arising from crimes, as regulated by Vatican City State laws.

5. When the same matters are prosecuted in other States, the provisions in force in Vatican City State on concurrent jurisdiction shall apply.

6. The content of article 23 of Law No. CXIX of 21 November 1987, which approves the Judicial Order of Vatican City State remains in force.

This I decide and establish, anything to the contrary notwithstanding.

I establish that this Apostolic Letter issued Motu Proprio will be promulgated by its publication in L’Osservatore Romano, entering into force on 1 September 2013.

Given in Rome, at the Apostolic Palace, on 11 July 2013, the first of my Pontificate.



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  1. A Citizen says:

    Great “transparency” Franciscus, you holy fascst. You must be taking lessons from AKA “Obama” on how to stop whistleblowers. But, you don’t have a pesky Constitution to contend with like Obozo does.

  2. Chris Strunk says:

    The United States has given up enough authority to the Holy SEE run United Nations criminal enterprise without suffering further want at the hands of this RICO enterprise. When the Holy See takes care of its own crime only then should anyone listen to the rambling. The House of Savoy had the right idea back in 1870. Disallow the Holy See temporal and spiritual power over the world as it would have liked.

    When LEO XIII went under House arrest that lasted for years he called Vatican I counsel to have it declare him infallible and that he exclusively speaks for G O D who ever he thought at the time of the pantheon multiple choice.meets his dictate.

    The BHO mafia regime with all of his present syndicalist fascists running things without the oversight of the corporate fascists in the Congress pose a toss up as to which RICO enterprise is worse. Maybe Francis and BHO should have a sit-down to divide up the world as to what commodity and or asset it claims control over?

    WE did not join the International Court for a good reason that still applies today notwithstanding the fascists in power this four year term.

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  4. Chris Strunk says:

    5. When the same matters are prosecuted in other States, the provisions in force in Vatican City State on concurrent jurisdiction shall apply.

    he says outsiders are to stay out of HOLY SEE business – declares sovereignty????

  5. Chris Strunk says:

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