Roman Curia

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The Roman Curia is the administrative body of the Holy See. The Roman Curia is the complex of Dicasteries and Institutes which help the Pope in the exercise of his supreme pastoral office.

In exercising supreme, full, and immediate power in the universal Church, the Roman pontiff makes use of the departments of the Roman Curia which, therefore, perform their duties in his name and with his authority for the good of the churches and in the service of the sacred pastors. CHRISTUS DOMINUS, 9. [1]

The Roman Curia includes the Secretariat of State, nine Congregations, three Tribunals, 11 Pontifical Councils, and other main offices.

The Roman Curia is considered to be where the Pope is, with the Chancery, Tribunals, and officials whom he employs in the Government of the Catholic Church.

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  1. The Roman Curia