Vatican press office explains history, duties of camerlengo
Catholic World News - March 04, 2013
In a March 4 briefing for reporters, the Vatican press office traced the history of the office of camerlengo of the Catholic Church, which dates back to the 12th century.
The camerlengo heads the Apostolic Camera, which has the duty of "caring for and administering the temporal goods and rights of the Holy See during the period of sede vacante." The office is currently held by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone. The camerlengo and the head of the Apostolic Penitentiary (Cardinal Manuel Monteiro de Castro ) are the only officials of the Roman Curia whose duties do not cease when the Holy See becomes vacant. The briefing from the Vatican press office (see link below) will be interesting to those who want a more thorough knowledge of the unique history of this Vatican institution.
Editor's note: An earlier version of this story improperly identified the head of the Apostolic Penitentiary; CWN regrets the error.
An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:
Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!
Progress toward our September expenses ($33,239 to go):
All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!