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RC Church a diplomatic representative of the Holy See, ranking above an internuncio and esp having ambassadorial status



a permanent diplomatic representative of the pope in states with which the papacy maintains official diplomatic relations.

The nuncio corresponds in diplomatic rank to an ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary. The institution of the permanent representation of a nuncio appeared in the first half of the 16th century. In most Catholic countries, nuncios represent the senior officials (doyens) of the diplomatic corps.

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In his apostolic letter Testem benevolentiae (1889), Pope Leo XIII (who also established an Apostolic Delegation in Washington, DC, in 1893) condemned such efforts as "Americanism," described by La Piana "as an attempt to reconcile Catholic doctrine and discipline with the supposed exigencies of modern thought and modern civil liberties, at the expense of both the fundamental Catholic institutional tradition and the true character of Catholic spirituality.
Sabbah said, "Numerous procedures have been undertaken over the past months by the seminary itself, by the official organs of the patriarchate and by the Apostolic Delegation of Jerusalem [the pope's representative].
The establishment of a permanent apostolic delegation in Washington, Maynard felt, "indicated a recognition by the Holy See that the Church in this country had reached full maturity.