vicar apostolic


noun, plural vicars apostolic.

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.

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Also called apostolic vicar .

Origin of vicar apostolic

First recorded in 1760–70
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vicar apostolic

noun

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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