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Nuncios, also apostolic nuncios, are permanent papal legates, that is, plenipotentiary envoys of the pope with a twofold function: ecclesiastical and governmental. With respect to the church, their task is one of oversight over the parts of the church (Diocese) to which they have been sent. They inform the papacy about the situation and events in these areas, assist the bishops with advice and action (though without any direct intervention in their diocesan jurisdiction), foster close relations with the bishops’ conferences and report their agendas and f…

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Böckenförde, Werner, “Nuncio”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 26 January 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_N344>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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