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Assistant at the Pontifical Throne

Assistant at the Pontifical Throne was an ecclesiastical title in the Roman Catholic Church. It designated a prelate belonging to the papal chapel, who stood near the throne of the Pope at solemn functions.

All patriarchs and some bishops selected by the Pope, were made Assistants to the Pontifical Throne. They ranked immediately below the College of Cardinals and were also Counts of the Apostolic Palace.

The title has not been in use since the Second Vatican Council, following Pope Paul VI's reform of the pontifical household in 1968 that eliminated all previous nobiliary titles.

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  • New Catholic Dictionary
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