nuncio, apostolic


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nuncio, apostolic

(nŭn`shēō), resident legatelegate
[Lat. legare=to send], one sent as a representative of a state or of some high authority. In Roman history a legate was sent by the senate to the provinces as an envoy of the emperor. Sometime during the 12th cent.
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 of the Holy See at the capital of a temporal government. Nuncios are in most of the countries with which the Holy See has diplomatic relations. In many countries of Europe and Latin America the nuncio is by courtesy made the "dean" of the diplomatic corps.