|Main Entry:||papal bull|
|Part of Speech:||n|
|Definition:||a letter or announcement from the Pope to the Catholic world|
|Etymology:||so called because a lead bulla or seal was attached to the Pope's edict by a cord|
in Roman Catholicism, an official papal letter or document. The name is derived from the lead seal (bulla) traditionally affixed to such documents. Since the 12th century it has designated a letter from the pope carrying a bulla that shows the heads of the apostles Peter and Paul on one side and the pope's signature on the other
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