Pope Francis meets Sacred Roman Rota, marks start of year
Highest Catholic appellate court judged 400 cases in last year24 January, 17:27
It was likely founded in the 1100s.
The Sacred Roman Rota deacon, Monsignor Pio Vito Pinto, told the pontiff that in the last year the Rota has issued 400 rulings, more than double those of previous years. The pontiff urged the Catholic magistrates not to forget their pastoral roles while carrying out their judgements. "Behind each proceeding, each position, each cause, there are people that are attending justice", he told the magistrates.
The Rota "ministry" is a "particular service carried out for the God of love, Who is close to every person".
In some instances, an appeal may end up in front of the pope himself, as he is the supreme ecclesiastical judge within the Catholic Church.