Congregation for Bishops

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Basic data
Surname: Congregation for the Bishops
(Latin Congregatio pro Episcopis)
Seat: Palazzo delle Congregazioni
Piazza Pio XII, 10
00193 Roma
Cardinal Prefect : Marc Cardinal Ouellet PSS
(since June 30, 2010)
Secretary: Archbishop Ilson de Jesus Montanari
(since October 12, 2013)
Undersecretary: Udo Breitbach
(since January 25, 2012)

The Congregation for Bishops ( Latin : Congregatio pro Episcopis ), or Bishops' Congregation for short , is a central authority in the Roman Catholic Church and is responsible for all matters that concern bishops , such as appointments and synods .


This dicastery was already established by Pope Sixtus V with the Apostolic Constitution Immensa Aeterni Dei of January 22, 1588 as a consistorial congregation. With the Constitution Sapienti consilio of June 29, 1908, Pope Pius X extended the powers and took over the post of prefect himself .

Pope Paul VI changed the name again with the Apostolic Constitution Regimini ecclesiae universae of August 15, 1967 and specified the competencies. With the Constitution Pastor Bonus of June 28, 1988, Pope John Paul II reorganizes the relationship with the Congregation for the Eastern Churches and the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples .


On June 29, 1988 the Directory for the Visita “ ad limina ” was published and at the same time an office for its coordination was established within the Congregation.

In 1997 an instruction on the diocesan synods was issued.

A decree of the Congregation of April 22, 2001 constituted the Central Office for the Coordination of Military Ordinariats.

On February 22, 2004 the Directory for the Pastoral Service of Bishops was published: Apostolorum Successores .

She is also assigned the Pontifical Commission for Latin America , of which Cardinal Ouellet is also President; The office of Vice President is currently vacant.

Marc Cardinal Ouellet PSS was founded by Pope Benedict XVI. appointed Prefect on June 30, 2010 and confirmed by Pope Francis on December 16, 2013 .


In addition to the prefect, the congregation itself consists of 24 cardinals, 5 archbishops and a bishop who were appointed by Pope i. d. Usually appointed for five years at a time.

On December 16, 2013, Pope Francis named the members of the Congregation as follows:





Marc Ouellet , Acting Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Conferma del Prefetto della Congregazione per i Vescovi e nomine e conferme di membri e consultori nel medesimo dicastero , in: Press Office of the Holy See: Daily Bulletin of December 16, 2013 (Italian)
  2. ^ Nomina di Membri dei Dicasteri della Curia Romana. In: Daily Bulletin. Holy See Press Office, December 23, 2017, accessed December 23, 2017 (Italian).
  3. ^ Nomina di Membro della Congregazione per i Vescovi. In: Daily Bulletin. Holy See Press Office , March 8, 2017, accessed March 8, 2017 (Italian).
  4. ^ Nomina di Membro della Congregazione per i Vescovi. In: Daily Bulletin. Holy See Press Office, December 22, 2018, accessed December 22, 2018 (Italian).
  5. ^ Dicasteries of the Roman Curia temporarily confirmed , Vatican Radio , March 16, 2013