Contacting a Roman Dicastery

Since the Supreme Pontiff has immediate, ordinary jurisdiction in every particular church (diocese) in the world, Canon Law affords every Catholic the right of appeal to the Pope. This is done through the Roman dicasteries (Congregations, Councils etc.). Letters should be brief, factual and respectful.

To determine the department of the Roman Curia with responsibility over a particular area of the Church's life, and the current department heads, see the index of departments.

To write a Roman Congregation or Council, write its Prefect or President and address it according to the following examples:

If the Prefect or President is a Cardinal

Addressing the envelope:

His Eminence Cardinal John Doe
Congregation for ____________
00120 Vatican City State
Europe

Salutation in the letter:

Your Eminence,

Conclusion of the letter:

I have the honor to be, Your Eminence,
(your own name)

If the Prefect or President is an Archbishop

Addressing the envelope:

Most Reverend John Doe
Pontifical Council for  ____________
00120 Vatican City State
Europe

Salutation in the letter:

Your Excellency,

Conclusion of the letter:

I have the honor to be, Your Excellency,
(your own name)


 

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