Definition of vicar apostolic in English:

vicar apostolic

Syllabification: vic·ar ap·os·tol·ic


  • 1A Roman Catholic missionary.
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    • This meant in practice that papal letters appointing vicars apostolic were not be acknowledged.
    • This vicar apostolic would report to the office in Rome called the Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith.
    • From 1688, despite the danger to the individuals appointed, Rome chose men of piety, integrity, sacrifice and learning to act as vicars apostolic to areas of Britain.
  • 1.1A titular bishop.
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    • The Roman Catholic vicar apostolic for England equated Anglicanism with Donatism in a journal article.
    • Named vicar apostolic of North Carolina and consecrated a bishop in 1868, he attended the First Vatican Council in 1869-1870.
    • By the early 1590s it was accepted that a full hierarchy was impossible and a more ad hoc system of vicars apostolic adopted.

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