One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The office or tenure of a nuncio in the Roman Catholic Church.
- ‘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.’’
- ‘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.’
- ‘A letter from the nunciature in Dublin demanded an explanation for what, to me, couldn't be more clear.’
- ‘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.’’
Early 17th century: from Italian nunziatura, from nunzio ‘message-bearer’ (see nuncio).
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