nuncio definition

  • noun:
    • A papal ambassador or representative.
    • Ecclesiastic name of a permanent diplomatic agent of the Roman Catholic Church to a sovereign state or worldwide organisation, accorded rank equivalent to an accredited ambassador, and may also get additional privileges including recognition as Dean in a country's diplomatic corps.
    • A messenger.
    • The permanent formal agent associated with pope at a foreign court or seat of federal government. Distinguished from a legate a latere, whose goal is temporary with its nature, or even for some special function. Nuncios are of greater position than internuncios.
    • A messenger; one who brings cleverness.
    • particularly A papal messenger; a permanent diplomatic representative regarding the very first position, representing the Pope in the capital of a country eligible for that distinction.
    • (Roman Catholic Church) a diplomatic representative associated with Pope having ambassadorial status

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