Faith - Vatican Addresses

 

 

When one is writing the Vatican the protocol to follow is usually to send original letters addressed to some or all of the following. When reporting abuses or violations of Church law, etc., it is of critical importance that the sender include original backup documentation. This is much more important than documentation received via the Internet. Originals (not photocopies) of articles from newspapers or other publications, church bulletins, or other documentation that is published and distributed by official Church bodies, is really essential. (updated 2013.)

[For more info on individual responsibilities and duties for each Curia office, go to: www.catholic-pages.com/vatican/curia.asp
and www.catholic-hierarchy.org/diocese/dxsta.html

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His Holiness, Pope Francis
Bishop of Rome
Apostolic Palace
Via del Pellegrino
Citta del Vaticano
Vatican City State, 00120
Europe
phone: 011.3906.6988.10.22
email:
fax: 011.3906.6988.53.73

(When sending mail to the Holy Father, do not place the word 'Italy' on the envelope. The Vatican is an independent nation and Italy's mail system routinely misroutes mail addressed to the nation of Vaticano. When the Vatican sends mail back to you, you'll notice it is postmarked from within the U.S. somewhere. That's because Italy's mail is so unreliable that the Vatican only uses its own couriers routinely traveling to the U.S., on a daily basis, to carry US mail over and mail it within the U.S.)


Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano
Apostolic Nuncio to the United States
3339 Massachusetts Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008-3687
phone: 202-333-7l2l
fax: 202-337-4036


Archbishop Francis Assisi Chullikatt
Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations
25 E. 39th St.
New York, N.Y. l00l6-0903
phone: 212-370-9614 [important - unlisted working number]
phone voice/data: 212-370-7885
fax: 2l2-370-9622
www.holyseemission.org

(The above two are positioned in the U.S. and are important to notify as they relay news back to the Holy See. Then, you continue to send copies to the following Curia or Congregations:)


Archbishop Pietro Parolin
The Secretariat of State
[Substitute for the General Affairs of the Secretariat of State is Archbishop Giovanni Angelo Becciu] [Secretary of Relations with States of the Secretariat of State is Archbishop Dominique François Joseph Mamberti]
Apostolic Palace
00l20 Vatican City State
Europe
phone: 011.3906.69.88.34.38
fax: 011.3906.69.88.50.88

(The Secretariat of State works most closely assisting the Pope in the exercise of his supreme function. The Cardinal Secretary presides over it. As the Pope's first Collaborator in the governance of the universal Church, the Cardinal Secretary of State is the one primarily responsible for the diplomatic and political activity of the Holy See, in some circumstances representing the person of the Supreme Pontiff himself. The Secretariat of State is the most important body within the Roman Curia. It is divided into two sections: General Section and Relations with States.)


Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller.
Prefect for The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei"
[Secretary: Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrer, S.J.]
Piazza del S. Uffizio ll
00l93 Rome Italy
Europe
phone: 011.3906.69.88.33.57
phone: 011.3906.69.88.34.13
fax: 011.3906.69.88.34.09
email: cdf@cfaith.va
and www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith

(He promotes and safeguards the doctrine of faith and morals in the whole Catholic world; therefore, those things belong to it which touch this matter in any way.)
With the Motu Proprio Ecclesiae Unitatem, promulgated on 2 July 2009, His Holiness updated the structure of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei in order to adapt it to the new situation created by the removal of the excommunication (21 January 2009) of the four bishops consecrated by Archbishop Lefebvre. That removal was a provision within the perimeter of canonical discipline in order to free persons from the weight of the gravest ecclesiastical censure, but still with the awareness that doctrinal questions remain and until they are resolved the "Priestly Society of St. Pius X" cannot enjoy a canonical statute in the Church and its ministers do not exercise any legitimate ministry in the church. Since the problems are essentially of a doctrinal nature, the Holy Father has decided to join the Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei" with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.


Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera
Prefect
The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments
[Secretary: Archbishop Arthur Roche]
Piazza Pio XII l0
00l93 Rome, Italy
Europe
phone: 011.3906.69.88.43.l6
phone: 011.39.06.69.88.43.18
fax: 011.3906.69.88.34.99
www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/ccdds

(He pertains to the moderation and promotion of the sacrfed liturgy, especially the sacraments, with due regard for the competence of the Cong. for Doctrine of Faith. He fosters and safeguards the discipline of the sacraments, especially what pertains to their valid and licit celebration; he concedes favors and dispensations for matters which are not contained in the facilities of diocesan bishops.)


Archbishop Beniamino Stella
Prefect
The Congregation for the Clergy
[Secretary: Celso Morga Iruzubieta]
Piazza Pio XII 3
00l93 Rome, Italy
Europe
phone: 011.3906.69.88.4l.5l
Fax: 011.3906.69.88.48.45
www.clerus.org

(He is concerned with due regard for the rights of bishops and their conferences and he examines those things which concern priests and deacons of the secular clergy with regard to their persons, ministry. This Congregation studies, proposes and urges the means and aids by which priests strive for sanctity. This Congregation also has charge of everything which concerns the work and discipline of the diocesan clergy, especially Preaching of the clergy, Catechesis, religious instruction of the young and adults.)


Most Rev. Stanislaw Rylko
President
Pontifical Council for the Laity
Piazza S. Calistoly
00l53 Rome, Italy
Europe
phone: 011.3906.6988.7322
phone: 011.39.06.69.88.71.41
FAX: 011.3906.6988.7214
www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_councils/laity

(This council is competent in those matters which pertain to the Apostolic See in promoting and coordinating the apostolate of the lay persons and, generally, in those things which look to the Christian life of lay persons as such.)


Marc Cardinal Ouellet, P.S.S.
Prefect
Congregation for Bishops
[Secretary: Archbishop Lorenzo Baldisseri]
Piazza Pio XII 10
00193 Rome, Italy
Europe
phone: 011-3906-6988-4217
fax: 011-3906-6988-5303
www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cbishops

(He oversees the exercise of the bishops function in the Church. This Cong. provides also for the naming of bishops, apostolic administrators, coadjutors, auxiliaries of bishops, military vicars, and bishops enjoying personal jurisdiction. It is competent for all things that have to do with bishops and publishes norms which provide for the more urgent needs of the faithful.)


Most Reverend Archbishop Zenon Grocholewski
Prefect
The Congregation for Catholic Education
(of Seminaries and Institutes of Studies)
Piazza Pio XII 3
00l93, Rome, Italy
Europe
phone: 011.3906.6988.4167
fax: 011.3906.6988.4172

(He's responsible for formation of those who are called to Holy Orders as well as for the promotion and organization of Catholic Education, for clerics and laity both. He is charged with the direction, discipline and temporal administration of seminaries and whatever touches the education of diocesan clergy and secular institutes, overseeing Universities, faculties, and any institute of higher learning which has the name of 'Catholic' including those directed by religious as well as laity. It watches over Catholic schools in the dioceses as well.)


Archbishop João Bráz de Aviz
Prefect
The Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life
and for Societies of Apostolic Life
[Secretary: Joseph William Tobin, C.SS.R.,]
Piazza Pio XII 3
00193 Rome, Italy
Europe
phone: 011.3906.69.88.41.28
fax: 011.3906.69.88.45.26
www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/ccscrlife

(The principal function of this Congregation is to promote and supervise the practices of the evangelical counsels as they are exercised in approved forms of consecrated life and at the same time the activities of societies of apostolic life. The Congregation takes care of the affairs of all Religious Institutes of Consecrated Life and all the affairs of Secular Institutes.)


Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller,
President
Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei"
Vice President: Archbishop Joseph Augustine Di Noia, O.P.
Palazzo della Congregazione per la Dottrina della Fede,
Piazza del Sant' Uffizio, 11
00193, Rome, Italy
phone: 011-3906-6988-5313 or 011-3906-6988-8494
fax: 011-3906-6988-3412
www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_commissions/ecclsdei

[Erected July 2, 1988 by Pope John Paul II, this commission regularizes canonical situations of a traditionalist nature; to collaborate with local bishops, pastors, priests, and laity with a view to satisfying the numerous groups of faithful linked to the Latin liturgical tradition with request a regular celebration of the Holy Mass in keeping with the l962 rite in their dioceses. The commission can indicate to the pastors a way to meet the needs of the traditional faithful laity. In Art. 7 & 8 of 'Summorum Pontificum,' "If a group of lay faithful, as mentioned in art. 5 § 1, has not obtained satisfaction to their requests from the pastor, they should inform the diocesan bishop. The bishop is strongly requested to satisfy their wishes. If the bishop cannot arrange for such celebration to take place, the matter should be referred to the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei”. Art. 8: A bishop who, desirous of satisfying such requests, but who for various reasons is unable to do so, may refer the problem to the Commission “Ecclesia Dei” to obtain counsel and assistance. Art. 11: The Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei,” continues to exercise its function. Said Commission will have the form, duties and norms that the Roman Pontiff wishes to assign it. Art. 12 This Commission, apart from the powers it enjoys, will exercise the authority of the Holy See, supervising the observance and application of these dispositions.]


Mauro Cardinal Piacenza
Prefect
Apostolic Penitentiary
Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura
Piazza della Cancelleria 1
00186, Rome, Italy
Europe
phone: 011.3906.69.88.75.26
phone: 011.3906.69.88.75.21
email: civcsva.pref@ccscrlife.va
fax: 011.3906.69.88.75.57

(The competence of the Tribunal is concerned with those matters which pertain to the internal forum, for both the sacramental and non-sacramental internal forum. This Department consults that justice may be correctly administered in the Church, judging matters assigned to it between the Holy See and the various nations. Also, specifically handles sensitive questions & indulgences regarding Sacrament of Confession & Spiritual Direction.)


Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia
President
Pontifical Council for the Family
[Secretary: Bishop Jean Clément Marie Gérard Joseph Françoise Georges Laffitte]
Piazza S. Calisto 16
00153 Rome, Italy
Europe
phone: 011.3906.69.88.72.43
fax: 011.3906.69.88.72.72
www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_councils/family

(This Council promotes the pastoral care of families and fosters the families' rights and dignity in the Church and in civil society, in order that the families might ever more suitably fulfill their own functions.)


You should also contact the Saint Joseph Foundation in San Antonio, Texas. Their job is to assist Catholics who wish to make canonical appeals.
The St. Joseph Foundation
11107 Wurzbach Suite 601B
San Antonio, Texas 78230-2570
Telephone: (210) 697-0717
Fax: (210) 699-9439
St. Joseph Foundation


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