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I. In the Roman Catholic Church, this term (Lat. vicarius, “representing the position of someone or something, representative, subordinate, deputy”) distinguishes really representative offices such as vicar general (office bearer of the diocesan bishop), vicar in law (Judicial vicar), bishop’s vicar or suffragan bishop (Episcopal titles), who have full power to act in the name of the one they represent, from offices under closer control, for example the apostolic vicar (Vicar, Apostolic; papal legate, episcopal representative of the pope in mission …

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Marhold, Wolfgang, “Vicar”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 24 September 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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