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vicar apostolic

noun, plural vicars apostolic.
  1. 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.
  2. Ecclesiastical History. an archbishop, bishop, or other ecclesiastic to whom the pope delegated a portion of his jurisdiction.
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Origin of vicar apostolic

First recorded in 1760–70
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Historical Examples of vicar apostolic

  • Laval, the first vicar-apostolic of New France, arrived in Quebec in 1659.

    The Makers of Canada: Index and Dictionary of Canadian History


British Dictionary definitions for vicar apostolic

vicar apostolic

  1. RC Church a titular bishop having jurisdiction in non-Catholic or missionary countries where the normal hierarchy has not yet been established
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