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Notes from Dairne McHenry's talk on 10 November 2014 at Milltown


1588 Pope Sixtus V -   Groups of cardinals
1967 Pope Paul VI -  Cardinals, + archbishops and bishops. The Papal Court disbanded
1988 Pope John Paul II ‘Pastor Bonus’ + priests, laity, consultors.

2013 Pope Francis: Council of Cardinals   (“ C8”)

Secretariats (2)
Secretariat for the Economy (2014)
Secretariate of State.

Congregations (9)
- For the Doctrine of the Faith CDF
- For the Eastern Churches
- For Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments
- For the Causes of the Saints
- For Bishops
- For the Evangelisation of Peoples
- For the Clergy
For Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life
- for Catholic Education

Tribunals (3)
- Apostolic Penitentiary
- Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signature
- Tribunal of the Roman Rota

Pontifical Councils (14):   for:
- The Laity
- Christian Unity
- The Family
- Justice and Peace
- ‘Cor Unum’ for Human and Christian Development
- Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples
- Pastoral Care of Health-Care Workers
- Interpretation of Legislative Texts
- Inter-Religious Dialogue
- Dialogue with Non- Believers
- Culture
- Social Communications
- Life
- Promoting the New Evangelisation

Offices (3)
- Of the Apostolic Camera or of the Camerlengo (inter-regnum)
- For the Administration of the Patrimony of the Holy See
(now disbanded?)
- For the Economic Affairs of the Holy See
(now disbanded?)

Prefectures (2)
- Of the Papal Household.
- Pontifical Master of Ceremonies

Pontifical Commissions
- For Child Protection (2014)
- To streamline the annulment process (Aug. 2014)
- For Latin America
- For the Preservation of the Artistic and Historical Patrimony of the entire Church
- For Sacred Archaeology
- ‘Ecclesia Dei’ 1988
- Biblical Commission
- International Theological Commission

Interdicasteral Commissions
- for the Catechism
- for the Church in E. Europe (Russia)

Pontifical Academies
- Culturum Martyrum
- Ecclesiastical Academy (for the diplomatic service)
- of Sciences
- of Social Sciences


Swiss Guards (1506)

Labour Office of the Holy See


(Institute for the Works of Religion (IOR) Vatican Bank)