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Prefecture of the Pontifical Household

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The Prefecture of the Papal Household is the office in charge of the Papal Household, a section of the Roman Curia that comprises the Papal Chapel (Cappella Pontificia) and the Papal Family (Familia Pontificia).

The current Prefect of the household is Archbishop

  • Prefecture of the Papal Household
  • Reorganization of the Papal Household in 1968
  •  "Maestro di Camera del Papa".  

External links

  1. ^ Gänswein named Prefect of Pontifical Household, 2012-12-07 13:05:50, Vatican Radio
  2. ^ Pastor BonusPastor Bonus - John Paul II - Apostolic Constitution
  3. ^ Annuario Pontificio 2012, p. 1849
  4. ^ Annuario Pontificio 2012, pp. 1254-1255
  5. ^ Annuario Pontificio 2012, p. 1254
  6. ^ Annuario Pontificio 2012, p. 1255
  7. ^ P. Raniero Cantalamessa, ofmcap
  8. ^,8599,2065958,00.html
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See also

List of Prefects of the Papal Household

The Papal Family also includes those who look after the Pope's daily household affairs, such as those who actually keep house and cook for him, including those who may act as his butler. [8][9]

The Papal Family includes among its members the Georges Marie Martin Cottier, O.P.

The Papal Family has lay members as well as clergy. Among the ecclesiastics who have membership are other high officials of the Roman Curia, but also all apostolic protonotaries, Honorary Prelates and Chaplains of His Holiness,[5] while the lay members include all Gentlemen of His Holiness, the Commandant of the Papal Swiss Guard and the Counsellors of the State of Vatican City.[6]

The Papal Chapel has a membership that includes the Cardinals, the Patriarchs, the Archbishops who head departments of the Roman Curia, and the secretaries of the Congregations.[4]

Papal Chapel and Papal Family

The Prefecture has competence for matters that once belonged to several offices, now suppressed: the Ceremonial Congregation, the offices of the Majordomo, the Master of the Chamber, and the Master of the Sacred Apostolic Palaces, and the Heraldic Commission for the Papal Court.[3]

The Prefecture runs the Apostolic Palace, containing the Papal Apartments, and the Papal Palace and Villa Barberini in the town of Castel Gandolfo.

As the [2]



  • Functions 1
  • Papal Chapel and Papal Family 2
  • List of Prefects of the Papal Household 3
  • See also 4
  • Notes 5
  • External links 6


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