Sacred College of Cardinals


A corporation known since 1150 as a collegium, formed of the cardinalbishops, cardinalpriests, and cardinaldeacons, who felt that they had this right since they alone elected the pope, were his immediate assistants at Mass, and his only counselors in all important matters. The dean or head is the Bishop of Ostia, the sub-dean, the Bishop of Porto.

MLA Citation

  • “Sacred College of Cardinals”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 24 December 2010. Web. 21 January 2019. <>