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Roman Curia
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[German Version]

The Roman Curia is the totality of authorities and institutions that help the pope to exercise his office of supreme pastor, for the benefit and service of the whole church and its parts, whereby the unity in faith and the fellowship of the people of God is strengthened and the church’s own mission in the world is furthered (art. 2 of the Apostolic Constitution Pastor Bonus). The pope and the Roman Curia together form the Apostolic See. The Roman Curia is not a legal person. It consists of the authorities (dicasteries) of the secretariat of sta…

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May, Georg, “Roman Curia”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 04 July 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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