Congregation for the Causes of Saints - Profile

Dicastery for the Causes of Saints

The Dicastery for the Causes of Saints, in accordance with its prescribed procedure, treats all that pertains to causes of beatification and canonization.


§ 1. The Dicastery provides special norms and assists with advice and direction the diocesan/eparchial Bishops who are responsible for the instruction of a cause.

§ 2. It examines the acts of causes already instructed, verifying that the process was carried out properly and expressing a judgment on the merits of those causes, in order to submit them to the Roman Pontiff.


The Dicastery oversees the application of the norms regulating the administration of the fund established to cover the expenses of causes.


The Dicastery determines the canonical procedure for verifying and declaring the authenticity of sacred relics and for ensuring their preservation.


The Dicastery is also competent to make a determination regarding the granting of the title Doctor of the Church to a given saint, after having received the votum of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith concerning his or her outstanding teaching.

(Apostolic Constitution Praedicate Evangelium, 19 March 2022)