Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Tue Aug 28 14:28:36 UTC 2012

I concur.


On Tue, Aug 28, 2012 at 7:50 AM, Dave Wilton <dave at> wrote:

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> As far as I know, "nuncio," usually "papal nuncio," is used only to refer
> to
> a Vatican diplomat or diplomatic mission, although not necessarily to one
> of
> ambassadorial rank--any priest assigned to a diplomatic post is a "nuncio."
> I've never seen it used for other church officials, and it someone did, I
> would assume they didn't know the meaning of the word.
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> OED WOTD today is "nuncio". The primary meaning is given as " 1. R.C.
> Church. A papal ambassador to a foreign court or government." Then, more
> broadly, as "messenger". (Also member of the Polish Diet, but that's
> irrelevant.) I'd like to know if I have not been imagining routine movie
> and
> news references to "nuncio" as either the Pope himself, rather than his
> ambassador or messenger, or to high-ranking members of the Church
> hierarchy,
> such as cardinals and archbishops. My recollection is somewhat vague on
> this
> subject, but I believe it to be the case.
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