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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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Although reports in the Israeli press stated earlier that Vatican sources had warned that Pope John Paul II might not visit Nazareth during his Holy Land pilgrimage in March if the tensions in the city continue, a spokesman for the apostolic delegation denied that any such statement had been made from the Jerusalem mission.
Earlier in Deir Al-Ahmar, Rahi met with crowds of Christian and Apostolic delegations, before whom he highlighted the significance of the human life.
For similar reasons he proposes to do away with the present system of nunciatures and apostolic delegations.