Catholic Dictionary

Oriental Churches, Congregation for the

A Roman dicastery that oversees the matters of the Oriental Churches. The C.I.C. (Can. 360) identifies the Congregation for the Oriental Churches as the body that has jurisdiction over the matters of the Oriental Churches. A cardinal-prefect heads the congregation, with other members of the hierarchy as members of this congregation. Inside the congregation is a separate office for each of the twenty Eastern Catholic Churches. The congregation has all the faculties that are exercised individually for Latin Catholics in separate congregations for bishops, clergy, religious, and secular institutes, along with Catholic education.

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