Holy Congregation for Rites

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The Holy Congregation for Rites ( Latin Sacra Rituum Congregatio , also known as the Congregation for Rites ) was a central authority of the Vatican until 1969 . Pope Sixtus V founded the Congregatio pro sacris ritibus et caeremoniis in 1588 with the Apostolic Constitution Immensa Aeterni Dei . The Congregatio caeremonialis became independent in the 17th century and was responsible for the ceremonies of the papal chapel and the papal court (today: Office for the Liturgical Celebrations of the Pope ). The task of the Congregation for Rites was the establishment of norms for the practice of worship ( rites ) and the implementation of canonization processes .

Pope Paul VI dissolved the Congregation for Rites in 1969 with the Apostolic Constitution Sacra Rituum Congregatio and divided its tasks into two new congregations, namely the Holy Congregation for Divine Worship (Latin Sacra Congregatio per Cultu Divino ) and the Holy Congregation for the Process of Canonization (Latin Sacra Congregatio pro Causis Sanctorum ).

Cardinal prefects

Individual evidence

  1. a b Profile of the Congregation for the Processes of Beatification and Canonization (Ger.) On vatican.va
  2. Apostolic Constitution Sacra Rituum Congregatio (Latin) on vatican.va