• WordNet 3.6
    • n nuncio (Roman Catholic Church) a diplomatic representative of the Pope having ambassadorial status
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Nuncio A messenger. "The dear good angel of the Spring,
      The nightingale."
    • Nuncio The permanent official representative of the pope at a foreign court or seat of government. Distinguished from a legate a latere, whose mission is temporary in its nature, or for some special purpose. Nuncios are of higher rank than internuncios.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n nuncio A messenger; one who brings intelligence.
    • n nuncio Specifically A papal messenger; a permanent diplomatic agent of the first rank, representing the Pope at the capital of a country entitled to that distinction. A papal ambassador of the first rank sent on a special temporary mission is styled a legate. (See legate.) Nuncios formerly acted as judges of appeal. In Roman Catholic kingdoms and states holding themselves independent of the court of Rome in matters of discipline, the nuncio has merely a diplomatic character, like the minister of any other foreign power.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Nuncio nun′shi-o a messenger: one who brings tidings: an ambassador from the Pope to an emperor or a king
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
It. nunzio, nuncio, fr. L. nuncius, nuntius, messenger; perh. akin to novus, new, E. new, and thus, one who brings news. Cf. Announce
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
It.,—L. nuncius, a messenger, one who brings news—prob. a contr. of noventius; cf. novus, new.


In literature:

Aleander, papal nuncio, his hopes respecting Lefevre d'Etaples, i.
"History of the Rise of the Huguenots" by Henry Baird
Does he not receive letters, testimonials of honor, from the Nuncio?
"The Life and Times of Ulric Zwingli" by Johann Hottinger
Withdrawn by the Church from the splendours of secular life, he was sent, while yet a deacon, as nuncio to Constantinople.
"History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume I (of 2)" by John William Draper
Before becoming pope, on the 29th of April 1670 he had been auditor in Poland, governor of Ancona, and nuncio in Naples.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 4" by Various
There is some intention, I understand, of naming me as the Nuncio at Florence.
"Davenport Dunn, Volume 1 (of 2) A Man Of Our Day" by Charles James Lever
In 1513, when thirty-six years of age, he went as nuncio to England.
"History of the Reign of Philip the Second, King of Spain." by William H. Prescott
In 1204 Kaloyan was crowned king by the papal nuncio in Turnovo.
"Area Handbook for Bulgaria" by Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
Every interview between the King and the Nuncio grew more bitter than the previous one.
"The Wives of Henry the Eighth and the Parts They Played in History" by Martin Hume
The Nuncios, meanwhile, in Paris and London advised that the Pope and the Emperor should write in a friendly way to the King.
"The Divorce of Catherine of Aragon" by J.A. Froude
The papal nuncio at Prague, in particular, appears for a time to have obtained great influence over the king.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 2" by Various

In news:

Vatican recalls Ireland's Papal Nuncio after clerical sex abuse report.
Ireland's papal nuncio calls for the adoption of 'authentic' Catholicism.
Religious Freedoms Still 'Widely Violated,' Says UN Nuncio .
UNITED NATIONS (CNS)—The right to religious freedom "continues to be widely violated," the Vatican's nuncio to the United Nations told a UN committee Oct 21.
President George W Bush and Laura Bush welcomed papal nuncio Pietro Sambi (second from right) and Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl to the White House July 18, 2006.
Ireland's papal nuncio calls for the adoption of ' authentic ' Catholicism.
The most important Catholic nation in Europe in the period of the First World War, even with its Protestant majority, was Germany, and in 1917, shortly after his consecration as bishop, Pacelli went to Munich as papal nuncio.
The Vatican deplores the leak of critical internal documents from the now-apostolic nuncio to the United States.