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apostolic delegate

a representative of the pope in a country that has no regular diplomatic relations with the Vatican.
Compare nuncio.
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apostolic delegate

(RC Church) a representative of the pope sent to countries that do not have full or regular diplomatic relations with the Holy See
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Vatican representative with no diplomatic status and hence no power to deal with civil governments. His relations are with the ecclesiastical hierarchy of a country that maintains no diplomatic relations with the Holy See. An apostolic delegate may not interfere with the exercise of the local bishops' authority in their own jurisdictions. He concerns himself with church conditions in a region, gathering and channeling all relevant information to and from the Holy See

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