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Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Worship

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Worship
Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores, Comercio Internacional y Culto

Edificio Cancillería and San Martín Palace, (respectively) the working and ceremonial headquarters of the Ministry
Ministry overview
Formed1854; 170 years ago (1854)
JurisdictionGovernment of Argentina
HeadquartersBuenos Aires
Employees1,936 (2009)[1]
Annual budget$ 22,570,000,000 (2018)[2]
Minister responsible
Websitecancilleria.gob.ar

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Worship (Spanish: Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores, Comercio Internacional y Culto; MRECIC), informally referred to as the Chancellery (Spanish: Cancillería), is the Argentine government ministry dealing with the foreign relations of Argentina, Argentina's foreign policy, international development, international trade, diaspora and matters dealing with Mercosur and the Catholic Church.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is one of the oldest continuously existing portfolios in the Argentine government, having existed uninterruptedly since the formation of the first Argentine executive in 1854, in the presidency of Justo José de Urquiza. The incumbent minister is Diana Mondino, who has served since 10 December 2023 in the cabinet of Javier Milei.

Structure and dependencies

The Ministry's Department of Worship (Secretaría de Culto) has several directorates. The Registry Directorate maintains the National Register of Religions, which compiles the mandatory registrations of all churches and religious communities, other than those of the Catholic Church.[3][4]

The Directorate General for Catholic Worship (La Dirección General de Culto Católico), is the main liaison for the government of Argentina with the Catholic Church, by far the largest religious body in Argentina. It maintains relations with the archbishops, the bishop's conference and with the various monastic orders.[5] The department also awards individuals and organizations that, through their work, have encouraged rich ecumenical and interreligious dialogue.[6]

The ministry also oversees the Instituto del Servicio Exterior de la Nación, Argentina's primary diplomatic academy.[7]

Headquarters

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs was originally headquartered in San Martín Palace, in the Retiro barrio of Buenos Aires. The palace, designed by architect Alejandro Christophersen and completed in 1905, originally belonged to the wealthy Anchorena family, and was bought by the Argentine government in 1936.

Since 1993, the Ministry's main offices have been housed in the informally named Edificio Cancillería, located across the street from San Martín Palace. The Palace remains in use as the ceremonial headquarters of the Ministry.[8]

Ministers

See also

Notes and references

  1. ^ Oficina Nacional de Presupuesto, Ministerio de Economía y Finanzas Públicas (2009) pp. 43 pag
  2. ^ "¿Qué hace el Presupuesto por vos?". Ministerio de Hacienda (in Spanish). 2017. Archived from the original on 16 September 2020. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Dirección General del Registro Nacional de Cultos" (in Spanish). Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y Culto. Archived from the original on 7 March 2013.
  4. ^ "Reglamentación para la inscripción de iglesias o comunidades religiosas en el Registro Nacional de Cultos" (in Spanish). Instituto Nacional contra la Discriminación, la Xenofobia y el Racismo. Archived from the original on 4 June 2015.
  5. ^ "Dirección General de Culto Católico". Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y Culto. Archived from the original on 10 April 2015.
  6. ^ "Reconocimientos [Awards]". Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y Culto. Archived from the original on 10 April 2015.
  7. ^ Mortarotti, Pablo C. "El Servicio Exterior de la Nación Argentina" (PDF) (in Spanish). Retrieved 9 October 2022.
  8. ^ "La Cancillería tiene una nueva casa". La Nación (in Spanish). 24 December 1998. Retrieved 11 May 2020.
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