Holy See Definition

The papal see; Apostolic See.
Webster's New World
The authority, jurisdiction, and governmental functions associated with the papacy.
American Heritage
  • State of the Vatican City
  • the Holy See

The episcopal jurisdiction of the Bishop of Rome, commonly known as the Pope. It is the preeminent see of the Catholic Church. It is also the sovereign entity headed by the Pope which governs the Vatican and represents the Catholic Church in temporal affairs.


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