• Italian: chamberlain


Title borne at Rome by three ecclesiastics –

1) The Camerlengo of the Holy Roman Church administers the property and revenue of the Holy See, verifies the death of the pope, directs the preparations for the conclave, and manages the same.

2) The Camerlengo of the Sacred College administers all fees and revenues belonging to the College of Cardinals, pontificates at the requiem Mass for a deceased cardinal, and is charged with the registry of the Consistorial Acts.

3) The Camerlengo of the Roman Clergy is elected by the canons and parish priests of Rome. He presides over the ecclesiastical conferences of the parochial clergy and acts as arbiter in all questions of precedence.

MLA Citation

  • “camerlengo”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 5 September 2010. Web. 16 June 2021. <>