Secretariate of Briefs to Princes and of Latin Letters
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The Secretariate of Briefs to Princes and of Latin Letters, or simply the Secretariate of Briefs, was one of the offices of the Roman Curia abrogated in 1968 by the motu proprio Pontificalis domus of Paul VI. It was divided into two sections.
The Secretariate of Briefs to Princes consisted of the Secretary and two office assistants. The Secretary was a prelate responsible for writing the papal briefs addressed to emperors, kings, princes, and other dignitaries. He also prepared the allocutions that the Pope pronounced at consistories, as well as encyclicals and apostolic letters addressed to bishops and the faithful. He acted according to the instructions of the Pope. He was required to be a proficient Latinist because these documents were written in Latin.
The Secretary for Latin Letters was also a prelate or private papal chamberlain ("cameriere segreto" in Italian) and was responsible for writing letters in Latin of less solemnity on behalf of the Pope. He had an office assistant.
Partial list of incumbents
Secretaries of briefs to princes:
- Gaspare Gasperini (Gregory XVI)
- Antonio Bacci (Pius XI, Pius XII, John XXIII, Paul VI)
Secretaries for Latin letters:
- Michele Ferrucci (Leo XII)
- Luca Pacifici (Gregory XVI)
- Vincenzo Tarozzi (Leo XIII)
- Nicola Sebastiani (Benedict XV)
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "article name needed". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton. Roman Curia
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