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PAPABILE

An Italian expression denoting a prelate who, during a vacancy in the Holy See, or anticipation of a vacancy, is popularly regarded as likely to be elected the next Pope. (Etym. Italian papabile, qualified for the papacy.)

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

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