from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The cardinal who manages the pope's secular affairs.

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  • n. chamberlain; the cardinal who administers the Roman Catholic Church in the interregnum between Popes


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Italian camerlengo; akin to Old French chamberlenc; see chamberlain.


  • This is also the sense of the Italian term camerlengo, still borne at

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 3: Brownson-Clairvaux

  • It will be taken up by the cardinal archbishop known as the camerlengo, or chamberlain — currently Cardinal Eduardo Martínez Somalo, a Spaniard.

    In Search of a Pope

  • Incensed at this outrageous expression of solidarity with the dread evil of modern science, the camerlengo decides to save the Church by blowing up the Vatican, the cardinals (assembled for a papal conclave), and St. Peter's Basilica to smithereens.

    "Angels & Demons" is methodical, pedestrian, and quite silly

  • P.S. How cool is the word Illuminati and camerlengo?

    Archive 2009-07-01

  • The camerlengo, and you saw on the videotape the cardinal blessing the body of the pope, that's the papal chamberlain.

    CNN Transcript Apr 3, 2005

  • And when, of course, the pope doesn't respond, then the camerlengo pronounces that the pope is dead.

    CNN Transcript Apr 3, 2005

  • And that was in the papal apartments Eduardo Martinez Somalo, the camerlengo, who was one of the key players in this transition period, the cardinal, was in -- the inside the papal apartments, along with several other high church officials and Dr. Renato, who's an (UNINTELLIGIBLE), the pope's physician for the last 26 years.

    CNN Transcript Apr 3, 2005

  • The camerlengo, or chamberlain who is the cardinal who governs the church in this interregnum period, what around here is known as the sede vacante, that is the seat of Peter is vacant, the camerlengo would come to the papal apartment if he wasn't already there, and he would perform this brief ritual to ascertain that the pope is dead.

    CNN Transcript Apr 3, 2005

  • But then, according to custom, the camerlengo, or chamberlain, called out his Christian name, Karol, three times, then pronounced that the pope had died.

    CNN Transcript Apr 3, 2005

  • DELIA GALLAGHER, CNN VATICAN ANALYST, ROME: That decision is made by the camerlengo, Cardinal Martinez Somalo, who at this point in time during the interregnum, when there is no pope, makes most of those administrative decisions.

    CNN Transcript Apr 3, 2005


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