Definition of apostolic
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 ordersb : papal
apostolicityplay \ə-ˌpäs-tə-ˈli-sə-tē\ noun
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This article originally stated that Amoris laetitia is a papal encyclical, rather than an apostolic exhortation.
The Virgin of Charity image is usually kept at the Shrine of our Lady of Charity in Miami, said Ondina Menocal, coordinator of apostolic movements at the Archdioceses of Miami.
In a ceremony rich with symbolism that dates back centuries, Christophe Pierre, the apostolic nuncio to the United States, read aloud the official letter from Pope Francis appointing Bishop Barres.
Citing an apostolic letter by Pope John Paul II, Pope Francis said that the Roman Catholic Church’s ban on female priests was likely to last forever.
The Sethian Christians hated the apostolic authority model that other Christians followed.
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Definition of apostolic for English Language Learners
: of or relating to the original 12 apostles
: of or relating to the pope
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