The cardinal prefect, aided by the secretariate, deals with the ordinary business, only important matters being submitted for the consideration of the general meeting.
(4) Next come the palatine secretariates, the first and principal of which is the secretariate of state (Secretaria status).
The secretariate of state is the department dealing with the political affairs of the Church.
Divided the departments of the secretariate of state into three sections, under the authority of the cardinal secretary.
Maintained untouched the two offices called the secretariate of briefs to princes, and the secretariate of Latin Letters, the names of which are sufficient indication of their functions.
The secretariate of memorials (Secretaria Memorialium), through which pass requests addressed to the pope for the purpose of obtaining certain favours, was formerly of great importance; it is now suppressed and the requests are addressed to the proper departments.