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The Curia, inside the Forum

The Curia of ancient Rome was the place where the Senate met to discuss the making of laws and take decisions about the affairs of the Republic. The original Curia building was built, according to legend, by the king Tullus Hostilius in the Forum Romanum at the foot of the Capitoline Hill. The building was later demolished to make way for a more imposing structure.

In the Roman Catholic Church, every diocese has a curia, consisting of the chief officials of the diocese. These officials assist the diocesan bishop in governing the particular church. Patriarchates and Major Archiepiscopates of the Eastern Rite have an assembly called the Patriarchal Curia, which assists the patriarch or major archbishop in administering the sui juris church. The Holy See retains an assembly called the Roman Curia, which assists the Pope in governing the Latin patriarchate and the entire Roman Catholic Church. All of these have very different functions from the Roman Curia of the 1st Century BC.Template:Roman-stub Template:RC-stub he:קוריה it:Curia nl:Curia (gebouw) pl:Curia

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