vicar of Christ

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From the Latin vicarius Christi


vicar of Christ (plural vicars of Christ)

  1. (Christianity) Any bishop.
    • 1964, translating Pope Paul VI's Lumen Gentium, III. xxvii.
      Bishops, as vicars and ambassadors of Christ, govern the particular churches entrusted to them by their counsel, exhortations, example, and even by their authority and sacred power...
  2. Alternative letter-case form of Vicar of Christ, a title variously granted to the Holy Ghost and to the bishop of Rome.