Pontifical Council

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The Pontifical Councils are a group of several mid-sized dicasteries, each led by a cardinal or archbishop as president, which are part of the larger organization called the Roman Curia. The Roman Curia is charged with helping the Pope in his governance and oversight of the Roman Catholic Church.[1]

List of Pontifical Councils

The Pontifical Councils established are:[2]


  1. John-Peter Pham, Heirs of the Fisherman: Behind the Scenes of Papal Death and Succession (Oxford: OUP, 2004), 296.
  2. "Pontifical Councils", The Holy See, accessed September 27, 2013, http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_councils/index.htm