Vicar General of His Holiness

 
 
 
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His Eminence Angelo CardinalDe Donatis

Vicar General of His Holiness
Archpriest of St. John Lateran Basilica

 
 

Cardinal Vicar (Italian: Cardinale Vicario) is a title commonly given to the vicar general of the Diocese of Rome for the portion of the diocese within Italy (i.e. excluding the portion within Vatican City). The official title, as given in the Annuario Pontificio, is "Vicar General of His Holiness".

The Bishop of Rome is responsible for the spiritual administration of this diocese, but because the Bishop of Rome is the Pope, with many other responsibilities, he appoints a Cardinal Vicar with ordinary power to assist in this task. Canon lawrequires all Catholic dioceses to have one or more vicars general, but the Cardinal Vicar functions more like a de factodiocesan bishop than do other vicars general. The holder has usually been a cardinal.