Definition of nunciature in English:



  • The office or tenure of a nuncio in the Roman Catholic Church.

    • ‘Archbishop Montalvo wrote back to VOTO's steering committee that, ‘as a matter of course, the nunciature takes into judicious account all the information it receives from any quarter in the matter of the provision of a diocese.’’
    • ‘This time it was more successful, thanks to the nunciature of the Jesuit David Wolfe between 1561 and 1565.’
    • ‘Following a question from The Sunday Business Post, the secretariat at the nunciature responded: ‘The Apostolic Nunciature would point out that it is not its practice to comment on any specific legal case.’’
    • ‘A letter from the nunciature in Dublin demanded an explanation for what, to me, couldn't be more clear.’
    • ‘Archbishop Diarmuid Martin had talks with the Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Giuseppe Lazzarotto, ten days ago at the apostolic nunciature in the Navan Road in Dublin.’


Early 17th century: from Italian nunziatura, from nunzio ‘message-bearer’ (see nuncio).