RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHER BODIES
Caritas Italiana is a member of Caritas Internationalis.
Caritas Italiana keeps understanding and cooperation relationships with Italian and foreign national bodies and with the international organisations inspired by Christian values and whose activities are pertinent to its goals.
By appointment of the Italian Episcopal Conference Board of Directors and according to the agreements in force, Caritas Italiana has special relationships with civil institutions in order to carry out particular initiatives and services.
COUNCIL OF THE CHARITABLE AND RELIEF ORGANISATIONS
Caritas Italiana is a member of the Council of the Charitable and Relief Organisations inspired by Christian values, established by the Italian Episcopal Conference.
RELATIONSHIPS WITH THE BODIES AND OFFICES
OF THE ITALIAN EPISCOPAL CONFERENCE
Caritas Italiana has relations with the Italian Episcopal Conference bodies and offices, according to the statute of the latter.
In particular, it takes part in joined meetings called by the General Secretary of the Italian Episcopal Conference for the activities coordination.
PROGRAMME, BUDGET AND BALANCE SHEET
a) Every year, by the end of September, Caritas Italiana submits to the Italian Episcopal Conference the programme and budget for the legally binding approval which has to be transmitted at most within 30 days since the presentation.
b) Every year, by the end of may, Caritas Italiana presents a report on the previous year activity and the balance sheet to the Italian Episcopal Conference Board of Directors for the approval.
c) The general collections for interventions in case of calamity, to be organised according article 3/c, have to be authorised each time by the Italian Episcopal Conference Board of Directors; a detailed report on the utilisation of the funds collected has to be presented to the National Council as well as to the Italian Episcopal conference Board of Directors.
Caritas Italiana does not run any kind of social service nor owns real estate for purposes other that institutional ones. It receives the financial means necessary to implement its objectives as follows: a) from the income of its property;
b) from ordinary and extraordinary collections;
c) from eventual bequests, donations and offerings.
ALLOCATION OF THE OFFERINGS
According to art. 1267,§ 3 of the Canon Code the offerings received for a specific goal must be only used in order to reach that goal.
EXTRAORDINARY BUSINESS ACTS
For the extraordinary business acts, concerning amounts of money exceeding the minimum amount fixed by the Italian Episcopal Conference in conformity with art. 1292, §1 of the Canon Code, Caritas Italiana has to ask for the authorisation of the Italian Episcopal Conference Board of Directors.
This authorisation is not needed for the transfer of the offerings collected in case of calamity or for development programmes.
The Regional Delegates are appointed by their respective Regional Episcopal Conferences in conformity with article 11/c, on proposal of the Directors of the Diocesan Caritas of the Region.
The Regional Delegates:
a) have the right to be part of the National Council;
b) cooperate to the implementation of the deliberations and guidelines of the Regional Episcopal Conferences, for the problems relating to charitable commitment;
c) they keep the contacts between the Diocesan Caritas of their respective Regions, assisting them in their activities, guiding the common initiatives, especially those concerning training.
RELATIONSHIPS WITH DIOCESAN CARITAS
Caritas Italiana cooperates with Diocesan Caritas but does not take any responsibility as to their actions.
DURATION OF OFFICES
The General Director, The Vice Directors, the Treasurer and the Auditor's Committee stay in office for five years and they cannot be re-elected more than once, for a total of ten year uninterrupted office.
The Regional Delegates and the other members of the National Council hold their office for five years and cannot be re-elected.
With regard to this article, the years already in office before this statute came into force are taken into consideration.
DEVOLUTION OF THE PROPERTY
In case Caritas Italiana is suppressed its property is devolved to the Italian Episcopal Conference that will destine it to charitable actions.
COMING INTO FORCE
This statute will come into force after the approval of the Italian Episcopal Conference Permanent Episcopal Council and one month after it is published on the "Bulletin" of the Italian Episcopal Conference.
Regarding any question non previewed in the present Statute, please refer to Canonical Regulations and to the actual laws, on the matter, of the ecclesiastical institutions.