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Administrators apostolic

LC control 85000926
Topical headingAdministrators apostolic
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Variant(s)Apostolic administrators
See alsoBishops (Canon law)
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Canon law
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Dioceses (Canon law)
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Vicars capitular
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Scope noteHere are entered works dealing with persons appointed by the Pope to administer a diocese when its bishop is prohibited or prevented from exercising his office, or when a diocese is vacant and there is no chapter to elect a vicar capitular.
The term is also used for administrators appointed by the Pope to govern ecclesiastical institutions under similar circumstances.
Since 1918 the term has been used for appointees to an administrature apostolic, a provisional form of diocese.