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The act of announcing a law publicly, with the effect of obliging its observance from the date expressed. Laws enacted by the Holy See are promulgated by publication in the official Acta Apostolicae Sedis. They have binding force three months after the date affixed to the Acta. However, in a special case the Pope is free to promulgate a law in other ways.
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