Cardinal Secretary of State
The Secretary of State of His Holiness (Italian: Segretario di Stato di Sua Santità), commonly known as the Cardinal Secretary of State, presides over the Holy See's Secretariat of State, which is the oldest and most important dicastery of the Roman Curia. The Secretariat of State performs all the political and diplomatic functions of the Holy See and the Vatican City. The Secretary of State is sometimes described as the prime minister of the Holy See, even though the nominal head of government of Vatican City is the President of the Pontifical Commission for Vatican City State.
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|Secretary of State of His Holiness
Segretario di Stato di Sua Santità
|Secretariat of State|
|Member of||Roman Curia|
Council of Cardinals
|Reports to||The Pope|
|Term length||Appointment of a new Pope|
|Formation||20 November 1551|
|First holder||Girolamo Dandini|
|Unofficial names||Cardinal Secretary of State|
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The Secretary of State is currently Cardinal Pietro Parolin.