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An auxiliary bishop appointed as assistant to the cardinal vicar of the doicese of Rome. He was a papal appointee with equal powers to the vicar in jurisdiction and in episcopal ceremonies. PopePius X (reighned 1902-14) declared the office suppressed as soon as it became vacant during his pontificate. (Etym. Latin vicis, in place of + gerens, acting.)
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