- Roman Catholic Church. a titular bishop serving either in a district where no episcopal see has been established, or in one where the succession of bishops has been interrupted.
- Ecclesiastical History. an archbishop, bishop, or other ecclesiastic to whom the pope delegated a portion of his jurisdiction.
Origin of vicar apostolic
First recorded in 1760–70
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Examples from the Web for vicar apostolic
Laval, the first vicar-apostolic of New France, arrived in Quebec in 1659.
- RC Church a titular bishop having jurisdiction in non-Catholic or missionary countries where the normal hierarchy has not yet been established