National Geographic : 1894 Jan 31
The Collection of Tithes. 209 (Translation.) John XXI to the archbishop of Drontheim: Having received, by apostolic brief, the commission to collect tithes in the kingdom of Norway for the Holy Land, and having been expressly commanded in the same brief to visit personally all the countries of the said kingdom for this purpose, thy fra ternity informs us that such visitation seems in a measure im possible, for the diocese of Gardar, which belongs to thy province and kingdom, is so far from the metropolitan see and the diffi culties of navigation are so great that five years are scarcely sufficient for the round journey; hence thou hast reason to doubt whether the apostolic mandate or thine will reach the aforesaid country within the period named for the payment of the tithes. Accordingly thou hast had recourse to the wisdom of the apostolic see for a remedy in this matter. We therefore, in our desire that the collection of the said tithes be diligently attended to, do wish and by apostolic letters do command thy fraternity, the above facts being true, to appoint certain capable and faithful persons, regarding whom we charge thy conscience, who shall go to that country and shall see to and diligently superintend the said collection. Thou shalt also zealously pro vide whatsoever shall seem expedient in the said matter, that thou mayest obtain thy reward of the Lord and merit for thy self more abundantly the favor of the apostolic see. Given at Viterbo December 4th, in the first year. To the same: Having received by apostolic brief the commission to collect tithes in the kingdom of Norway for the Holy Land, and having been expressly commanded in the same brief to visit personally all the countries of the said country for this purpose, thy fra ternity has informed us that several of the dioceses in that kingdom and belonging to thy province are so widely scattered over the sea and so extensive in territory that it would be diffi cult for thee to visit personally all the districts of the aforesaid dioceses within a period of about six years and without most serious expense to thy see, and since thou wouldst have to travel for some five or more seasons (?) through countries where, because there are no houses, thou wouldst be compelled to carry tents, thou hast asked to be authorized to depute, notwithstanding the 28-NAT. GEOG. MAO., VOT.V, 1893.
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