Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference, General Decree on Providing Suitable Pastoral Care for those from Mission Countries, January 1998.
In accordance with the prescriptions of c. 792, the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference hereby decrees that in keeping with the missionary tradition of the Church in Southern Africa, and recognising the contributions of various ecclesiastical agencies in Southern Africa, encouragement be given to such agencies to give fraternal welcome and pastoral care to those who come from mission countries to the territories of the Conference to work or study. Moreover, such persons are to be invited to share in the spiritual and social life of the diocesan and parish community in which they reside.
Each diocesan Bishop is personally, or through his delegate, to do what is possible to provide suitable pastoral care to any person who comes to work or study in his diocese.
Priests who come to the SACBC territories to study, shall have a letter from their Ordinary stating that they are in good standing and that suitable arrangements have been made for their support while in any of the countries of the SACBC territories.
Priests from mission countries wishing to assist in pastoral work while temporarily in the SACBC territories shall first obtain the approval of the Ordinary of the place where they will exercise that ministry. Should such priests later wish to work permanently in any of these SACBC territories, the provisions of c. 268 are to be observed.
Code of Canon Law Annotated (Montréal: Wilson & Lafleur Limitée, 2004): 1780.