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n. pl. vicars apostolic Roman Catholic Church
1. A titular bishop who administers a region that is not yet a diocese as a representative of the Holy See.
2. A titular bishop appointed to administer to a vacant see in which the succession of bishops has been interrupted.
3. A bishop or an archbishop formerly delegated by the pope to act in his stead in a particular region.
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(Roman Catholic Church) RC Church a titular bishop having jurisdiction in non-Catholic or missionary countries where the normal hierarchy has not yet been established
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n., pl. vicars apostolic.
a titular Roman Catholic bishop serving in a district with no episcopal see.
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|Noun||1.||vicar apostolic - a titular Roman Catholic bishop in a non-Catholic area|
bishop - a senior member of the Christian clergy having spiritual and administrative authority; appointed in Christian churches to oversee priests or ministers; considered in some churches to be successors of the twelve Apostles of Christ
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