papal bull

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Noun1.papal bull - a formal proclamation issued by the pope (usually written in antiquated characters and sealed with a leaden bulla)
decree, fiat, edict, rescript, order - a legally binding command or decision entered on the court record (as if issued by a court or judge); "a friend in New Mexico said that the order caused no trouble out there"
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6, 1579, Pope Gregory XIII issued a papal bull in Rome establishing the Diocese of Manila and the construction of a cathedral in the city of Manila.
This shift was due to crusader politics and the need to validate the anti-Greek warfare, and Chrissis demonstrates these developments decade by decade, and papal bull by papal bull.
VVSIR Michael Stoute had sent out some short-priced losers in the 7f maiden at Leicester since Papal Bull landed it in 2005 before finishing tenth in the following year's Derby, but his Hillstar appeared a useful prospect when landing the odds under a confident ride from Ryan Moore.
Regimental diaries, medal records, battleship logbooks and a Papal Bull from Pope Clement V in 1309 have also gone missing.
Since partnering Papal Bull to victory in the King Edward VII Stakes four years ago, the six-time champion jockey has been banned from British racing after being charged with racefixing, appeared at the Old Bailey in the doomed trial which collapsed in December 2007 and served an 18-month drugs ban.
CONNECTIONS of Papal Bull are hoping the five-year-old can end his racing career in the best possible way when he lines up in the Japan Cup on Sunday.
Further afield, Papal Bull is set to bid for glory in the Japan Cup in Tokyo.
The Irishman's profile has enjoyed a considerable boost in the last couple of seasons and the move by SirMichael Stoute to book him for Papal Bull in the Paris showpiece shows just how highly Fortune is rated.
RACING: Jimmy Fortune will ride Papal Bull in Sunday's Prix de I'Arc de Triomphe.
JIMMY FORTUNE has picked up a prized spare ride on Papal Bull in Sunday's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.
Ladbrokes bet: 7-2 Zarkava, 4-1 Soldier Of Fortune, 6-1 New Approach, 10-1 Papal Bull, Prospect Wells, Getaway, Youmzain, 12-1 Vision D'Etat, 20-1 bar.
Any doubts about the four-year-old staying the extra two furlongs in Saturday's mile-and-a-half mid-summer highlight were quashed as Johnny Murtagh's mount battled hard to fend off Papal Bull by half a length.