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Congregations
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(Catholic Church). Among the departments of the Roman Curia, the congregations are on an equal legal footing with the Secretariat of State, papal tribunals, councils, offices, and other dicasteria. They exercise a pastoral ministry by supporting and representing the pope in the performance of his duties as supreme pastor and in the exercise of his sovereign juridical leadership over the universal church (cf. CIC/1983, c. 360). Nine dicasteria are expressly designated as congregations: the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, for the Or…

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Riedel-Spangenberger, Ilona, “Congregations”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 29 July 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_12087>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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