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Apostolic See
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[German Version]

According to the legal definition in canon 361 of CIC (1983), the term “Apostolic See” or “Holy See” denotes the pope personally as well as officials and institutes of the Roman curia acting in his name. According to canon 113, §1 of CIC (1983), the Apostolic See has the legal status of a person because by divine disposition it possesses the quality of a persona moralis. International law recognizes the Apostolic See as a juristic person (distinct from the Vatican state).


H. Schnizer, LTK 3 I, 1993, 877 (bibl.).

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Schmitz, Heribert, “Apostolic See”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 28 October 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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