A term used by the Vatican corresponding to ministry or department as subdivisions of the papal curia, referring to the administrative departments of the Vatican City State, as well as strictly ecclesiastical departments; more often termed congregation.
A judicial body of the ancient Athenian state, made up of dicasts.
Origin: Greek dikastes, 'judges', from dike 'right, custom, judgement'
a court of justice; judgment hall
Origin: [Gr. dikasth`rion, fr. dikasth`s juryman. See Dicast.]
Dicastery is an Italicism sometimes used in English to refer to the Departments of the Roman Curia. Apart from the Secretariat of State, these Dicasteries or Departments are grouped in the following categories: ⁕Congregations, headed by a Prefect, who is most frequently a cardinal: ⁕The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith ⁕The Congregation for the Oriental Churches ⁕The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments ⁕The Congregation for the Causes of Saints ⁕The Congregation for Bishops ⁕The Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples ⁕The Congregation for the Clergy ⁕The Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life ⁕The Congregation for Catholic Education ⁕Tribunals: ⁕The Apostolic Penitentiary, headed by the Major Cardinal Penitentiary, for the "internal forum" ⁕The Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, headed by a Prefect ⁕The Tribunal of the Roman Rota, headed by the Dean, which judges cases such as those brought to prove the nullity of a marriage
The numerical value of dicastery in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of dicastery in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
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