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]R

List of Pontifical Councils

The currently active Pontifical Councils are:[2]

As of 29 June 2016, the functions and responsibilities of the following Pontifical Council were assumed by the Secretariat for Communications.[3]

As of 1 September 2016, the functions and responsibilities of the following Pontifical Councils were assumed by the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life.[4]


  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
  3. Glatz, Carol (30 June 2015). "Pope creates new communications department to streamline Vatican media". Catholic Herald. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  4. Wooden, Cindy (17 August 2016). "Pope names Dallas bishop head of new office for laity, family, life". National Catholic Reporter. Catholic News Service. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
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