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Signature, Apostolic
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The Apostolic Signature is the supreme tribunal of the Roman Catholic Church (Jurisdiction, Ecclesiastical: I); it also oversees the administration of justice in the church. It is made up of cardinals and bishops, and also includes major and minor officials. It is divided into three sections, with differing functions and procedures. The first section hears procedural objections to rulings of lower courts, especially the Rota. The second section is the highest judicial authority fo…

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May, Georg, “Signature, Apostolic”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 24 November 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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