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Term:   mission territory
Definition: (canonical) mission territory: a geographical territory where local clergy and hierarchy are not yet established or insufficient, therefore dependent on the Congregation 'Propaganda Fidei' (Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples) (but see description below)


POS (part of speech). Can be more than one:
     POS 1: N/phrase     
     POS 2: ---

 

Term type ('EntryTerm' if no other applies):
     Type 1: EntryTerm     
     Type 2: ---

 

Term status:
     for POS 1: General     
     for POS 2: ---
(General=also found outside Salesian usage; Salesian=possibly not well understood beyond Salesian circles; Neologism, Archaic, Deprecated refer to the term's status in Salesian discourse)

 

Recommended equivalent (it): territorio missionario o territorio di missione

 

(In most cases the Italian term will be the official source term. In other cases below, if the term has its source in another language, this will be indicated by an [S] following the term.)

 

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Recommended equivalent (fr):

 

Recommended equivalent (pt):

 

Suggested equivalent (other):

 

Other language:
Language code chosen from IANA registry]

 

Synonyms:

 

Geographical/Regional usage:

 

Description:
The concept of 'canonical territory has its roots in first century Christianity where the Church was one, made up of local and patriarchal churches. It developed with the discovery of the Americas and was applied to what we now call missio ad gentes. But while it might seem clear in terms of a canonical geographical territory, it becomes less so if we introduce the notion of the canonical cultural territory, which the Church has done. Cf. Redemptoris Missio no. 37 for one description of the idea. The real lack of clarity becomes evident in difficult ecumenical relations between the Roman and Orthodox Churches especially in Russia. The Uniate Churches are based on the notion of canonical cultural territory and this does not sit well with the geographical (and cultural) territory of a sister Church with its own rights as a 'catholic' Church of Christ, even though not in full communion.

 

Context (examples of use):

 

Other notes:
(1) Mission activity ad gentes is different from pastoral care of the faithful and new evangelisation of the non-practising. (RM no. 37)
(2) A mission territory becomes sui iuris when it is given some initial independence or at least put under the care of someone - priest or bishop. It can then proceed to being an Apostolic Prefecture, then an Apostolic Vicariate with a titular bishop (Apostolic Vicar), and finally a Diocese.

 

 

  

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POS (part of speech). A term may be more than one POS
(1) (2)

 

   


Term type ('EntryTerm' if no other applies)
(1) (2)   
[Initialisms like AGC are regarded as acronyms; a term like 'Bro.' is an abbreviation; an example of short form instead would be the main part of a very long book title (most of DB's book titles! 'Giovane Provveduto' is a short form). A loan term is not translated whereas a calque is. A blend is where two (or more) morphemes or 'word' parts have been combined to form a single term, as in the case of 'austraLasia'. Choose variant when there exists at least one other common form of the term. ]

 


Term status (General=also found outside Salesian usage; Salesian=possibly not well understood beyond Salesian circles; Neologism, Archaic, Deprecated refer to the term's status in Salesian discourse)
(1) (2)   
[Archaic refers to terms that have fallen out of regular use. Deprecated indicates official disapproval or if not disapproval, official abandonment at least. A neologism is a term that has come into play relatively recently - say, since Vatican II, but the time frame can be flexible.]

 

Recommended equivalent (it). In most cases the Italian term will be the official source term

   

 

 

Recommended equivalent (es)

   

 

 

Recommended equivalent (fr)

   

 

 

Recommended equivalent (pt)

   

 

 

Suggested equivalent (other) (Where it is the source term indicated with [S] and appropriate language code [chosen from IANA registry])

   

 


   

 

 


Definition
  
[The definition should not be imagined! It is assumed that it exists either in a reputable dictionary (or at least in similar words) or in some authoritative Salesian reference (e.g. the Constitutions, AGC or similar public document, Lenti's 7 volume series, and so on]

 


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Geographical/Regional usage
  
[Certain terms are common in restricted parts of the Congregation. We have one 'prior' but only in INB; in some parts of Asia the Salesian community is called a 'convent', but not elsewhere]

 


Description

[Etymological information, mostly]

 


Context (examples of use)

[English usage, obviously]  

 


Other notes
  
[Room here for more personal observations, private opinion if felt to be useful]

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