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James Sumner wrote:

Hi, guys —

I am an author and I have a question relating to my latest novel.

  • Are there any circumstances, such as a Mass in St. Peter's Square, in which the Camerlengo would appear alongside the Pope?



  { Are there any circumstances in which the Camerlengo would appear alongside the Pope? }

Bob replied:


Since the title belongs to an administrative and financial position, there is no liturgical warrant for such a person to be alongside the Pope at any Mass. The one in the job, as a clergy member, may happen to be among those attending/con-celebrating Mass with the Pope, but it would merely be coincidental.

I did a Google image search and didn't find any images of the Pope with the Camerlengo appearing alongside, at the office or at funerals, so I imagine it is not commonplace at all.

I hope that helps.


Bob Kirby

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