An ambassador of the pope who usually had the extensive powers to act on the pope's behalf.
Related term(s): Pope; Papal; Cardinal; Excommunication; Ecclesiastical; Secular
Category: Western Christianity
Contributor(s): Natalie Kohout
Source information: Hollister, C. Warren and Judith M. Bennett. Medieval History: A Short History. 9th ed. Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2002.