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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A canonical coronation is a liturgical practice of the Roman Catholic Church with the approval of the Holy Father with his papal bull issued by the Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.
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.
But, hard on the heels of 'bull' I couldn't help sliding slightly in my own thought process and recalling the phrase 'papal bull'.
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.
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.
JIMMY FORTUNE has picked up a prized spare ride on Papal Bull in Sunday's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.
RACING: Jimmy Fortune will ride Papal Bull in Sunday's Prix de I'Arc de Triomphe.
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.
The Duke needed to show tremendous courage as Sir Michael Stoute's 14-1 chance Papal Bull headed Johnny Murtagh's mount close home, but O'Brien's charge found a shade more when asked by his partner to score by half a length.