Definition of vicar general in English:

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vicar general

Pronunciation: /ˈvikər ˈjen(ə)rəl/

noun (plural vicars general)

1An Anglican official serving as a deputy or assistant to a bishop or archbishop.
1.1(In the Roman Catholic Church) a bishop’s representative in matters of jurisdiction or administration.
Example sentences
  • ‘This evening or this night,’ said Angelo Comastri, the vicar general for Vatican City, today, ‘Christ opens the door to the Pope.’
  • ‘This evening or this night, Christ opens the door to the pope,’ Angelo Comastri, the pope's vicar general for Vatican City, told a crowd at St Peter's Square, where tens of thousands prayed into the chilly night.
  • Monsignor Kieran Heskin, vicar general of the Catholic diocese of Leeds and parish priest at St Francis's RC church in Eccleshill, met the Pope in 2000 when on a visit to Rome and said it was a ‘very special moment’.
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