ap·​os·​tol·​ic | \ ˌa-pə-ˈstä-lik How to pronounce apostolic (audio) \

Definition of apostolic

1a : of or relating to an apostle
b : of, relating to, or conforming to the teachings of the New Testament apostles
2a : of or relating to a succession of spiritual authority from the apostles held (as by Roman Catholics, Anglicans, and Eastern Orthodox) to be perpetuated by successive ordinations of bishops and to be necessary for valid sacraments and orders
b : papal

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Other Words from apostolic

apostolicity \ ə-​ˌpä-​stə-​ˈli-​sə-​tē How to pronounce apostolicity (audio) \ noun

Examples of apostolic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Andrew Bellisario has served as Juneau bishop since 2017 and as the apostolic administrator in Anchorage since last summer. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, "Pope Francis merges Archdiocese of Anchorage and Diocese of Juneau, appoints archbishop," 20 May 2020 Pope John Paul II elevated him to auxiliary bishop in 2001 and made Bishop Lennon apostolic administrator of the archdiocese in December 2002. BostonGlobe.com, "“We mourn the passing of the Most Rev. Richard G. Lennon, bishop emeritus of the Diocese of Cleveland,” Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston said Tuesday in a statement.," 31 Oct. 2019 The pope has appointed Baker as apostolic administrator of the diocese until Raica’s installation Mass, scheduled for June 23 at the Cathedral of St. Paul in Birmingham. al, "Pope assigns new bishop to Diocese of Birmingham," 25 Mar. 2020 Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on the Amazon Synod, released Wednesday, is no truth-and-tradition-shredding document. Tim Busch And Mary Rice Hasson, WSJ, "The Pope Is Catholic After All," 13 Feb. 2020 Between Perez and predecessor, Bishop Richard Lennon, the pope appointed an apostolic administrator. Emily Bamforth, cleveland, "Diocese of Cleveland names administrator to lead until Pope Francis replaces Bishop Nelson J. Perez," 19 Feb. 2020 In theory, apostolic visitations need not be punitive. Washington Post, "Catholic investigations are still shrouded in secrecy," 3 Feb. 2020 In August 2015, Denton reported his rape to Apuron’s superior, the apostolic nuncio for the Pacific. Washington Post, "Guam’s ex-archbishop shielded culture of clergy sex abuse," 10 Aug. 2019 Lennon become the archdiocese’s apostolic administrator and temporary leader. Grant Segall, cleveland, "Clelveland Catholic diocese Bishop Richard Lennon celebrated and interred at Cathedral of St. John," 5 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of apostolic

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for apostolic

Middle English appostolike, borrowed from Late Latin apostolicus, borrowed from Late Greek apostolikós, from Greek apóstolos "messenger, envoy, apostle" + -ikos -ic entry 1

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“Apostolic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apostolic. Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of apostolic

: of or relating to the original 12 apostles
: of or relating to the pope

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