nun·​ci·​a·​ture | \ ˈnən(t)-sē-ə-ˌchu̇r , ˈnu̇n(t)-, -chər, -ˌtyu̇r, -ˌtu̇r \

Definition of nunciature

1 : a papal diplomatic mission headed by a nuncio
2 : the office or period of office of a nuncio

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Lantheaume was prepared to testify that his predecessor in the nunciature had communicated Pope Benedict’s sanctions to Cardinal McCarrick. Robert P. George, WSJ, "Is It Time for Pope Francis to Resign?," 30 Aug. 2018 Also of interest would be letters about those sanctions from the Vatican to the nunciature, from the Vatican to Cardinal Wuerl, or from a Vatican official to Archbishop Viganò. Robert P. George, WSJ, "Is It Time for Pope Francis to Resign?," 30 Aug. 2018 The Vatican has yet to establish an embassy, called a nunciature, in the country. Elizabeth Dias, Time, "Top Catholic Official in Myanmar Speaks Out on Treatment of Rohingya Muslims and the Risks of a Military Coup," 13 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of nunciature

1608, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for nunciature

Italian nunciatura, from nuncio

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