Can. 495 §1. "In each diocese a presbyteral council is to be established, that is, a group of priests which, representing the presbyterium, is to be like a senate of the bishop and which assists the bishop in the governance of the diocese according to the norm of law to promote as much as possible the pastoral good of the portion of the people of God entrusted to him."
National priest councils are organizations that represent Catholic priests in their respective countries through member councils, associations and religious communities. These Natonal priest councils supports member organizations and priests through collaboration, communication, ongoing formation, research and advocacy.