papal decree


: a decree from a Pope

Examples of papal decree in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The street once functioned as the demarcating line around the Jewish Ghetto, in which the Jewish community of Rome was forced to live by papal decree from 1555 to 1849. Jessica Carbone, Saveur, 21 Sep. 2023 When the Second Vatican Council in Rome decided in the 1960s that nuns were no longer required to wear habits, Sister Euphemia O’Connor opted to ignore the papal decree. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 Feb. 2023 Rome’s Jews faced unimaginable hardships, particularly a 16th-century papal decree that forced them to live in a cramped ghetto on the flood-prone banks of the Tiber river. Leah Koenig, Washington Post, 31 Mar. 2023

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“Papal decree.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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