chirograph


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chirograph

(ˈkaɪrəʊˌɡrɑːf)
n
1. an indenture
2. the evidence or part of an indenture that relates to a fine
3. a promise or contract written in a person's own writing
4. a Papal order or ruling
5. an official handwritten form or record
6. the writing done by a person's own hand

chirograph, cheirograph

an apostolic letter written by and signed by the pope.
See also: Pope
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The day before its meeting began, Francis demonstrated how seriously he takes the group by issuing a chirograph, or legal document, making it permanent and giving himself latitude to appoint other members.
The latest relevant chirograph, which provides the bank with its legal authority and internal governing regulations, was issued in 1990: the Chirographum quo nova ordinatio datur Organismo
In his November 2003 chirograph for the centenary of the motu proprio, Tra le Sollecitudini, on Sacred Music, Pope John Paul II stated that "A composition for the Church is sacred and liturgical insofar as it approaches Gregorian melody in flow, in inspiration, and in flavour, and so much less is it worthy of the temple insomuch as it is recognized as departing from that supreme model.