apostolate

apostolate

[uh-pos-tl-it, -eyt]
noun
1.
the dignity or office of an apostle.
2.
Roman Catholic Church.
a.
the dignity and office of the pope as head of the Apostolic See.
b.
the mission of bishops in their dioceses.
c.
an organization of the laity devoted to the mission of the Church.

Origin:
1635–45; < Late Latin apostolātus the office of an apostle, equivalent to Late Latin apostol(us) apostle + -ātus -ate3

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apostolate (əˈpɒstəlɪt, -ˌleɪt)
 
n
the office, authority, or mission of an apostle

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