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 (kăm′ər-lĕng′gō) also cam·er·lin·go (-lĭng′gō)
n. pl. cam·er·len·gos
The cardinal who manages the pope's secular affairs.

[Italian camerlengo; akin to Old French chamberlenc; see chamberlain.]
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(ˌkæməˈlɛŋɡəʊ) or


n, pl -gos
(Roman Catholic Church) RC Church a cardinal who acts as the pope's financial secretary and the papal treasurer
[C17: from Italian camerlingo, of Germanic origin; compare chamberlain]
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(ˌkæm ərˈlɛŋ goʊ)

n., pl. -gos.
the cardinal who acts as the treasurer of the Holy See and who directs the conclave that elects the pope.
[1615–25; < Italian < Germanic; akin to Old High German chamarlinc chamberlain]
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He said the cardinal camerlengo along with three assisting cardinals will temporarily take over the Catholic Church while there is still no Pope.
It is run by a directorate manned by a professional bank director general and vice-director who report to a committee of cardinals (called the Commission of Vigilance); a council of overseers (convened by the bank's president--a lay person); and ultimately to the Pope (or his close assistant the Cardinal Camerlengo during an interregnum).