senior ecclesiastical official of the Catholic Church
College of CardinalsEdit
When there is no pope, the cardinals directs the day-to-day affairs of the Church.
- "Cardinal," Catholic Encyclopedia (2009); retrieved 2011-11-23.
- Chisholm, Hugh (1910). The Encyclopedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and General Information. Encyclopedia Britannica Company. p. 580.