vicar apostolicvicar apostolic
pl. vicars apostolic
R.C.Ch. a titular bishop serving in a region lacking an established hierarchy
nounpl. vicars apostolic Roman Catholic Church
- A titular bishop who administers a region that is not yet a diocese as a representative of the Holy See.
- A titular bishop appointed to administer to a vacant see in which the succession of bishops has been interrupted.
- A bishop or an archbishop formerly delegated by the pope to act in his stead in a particular region.