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Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature

Apostolical Chamber

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is the council to which are intrusted all the pope's demesnes, from which the revenues of the Holy See are derived. It meets in the pope's palace twice a week, and consists, besides the cardinal's great- chamberlain, of the governor of the Rota (who is the vice-chamberlain), of the treasurergeneral, an auditor, a president (who is controller-general), an advocate-general, a solicitor-general, a commissary, and twelve clerks of the chamber. One of these clerks is praefect of the grain, a second praefect of provisions, a third praefect of prisons, a fourth praefect of streets, while the remaining eight are deputed to: take cognizance of various causes, each privately in his chamber. The members of the chamber meet in the apostolical palace on the eve of St. Peter to receive the tribute of the several feudatories of the Church.

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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Apostolical Chamber'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.

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