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APOSTOLIC CHANCERY

Also called the papal chancery. Originating in the eleventh century, it was mainly responsible for issuing papal bulls and briefs. It was abolished in 1973, and its functions have been absorbed in the papal secretariat of state.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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