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The Papal court and its functionaries, especially those through whom the government of the RC Church is administered. It includes the Roman Congregations, Tribunals, and Pontifical Councils, and acts with the delegated authority of the Pope. The term is also used in the RC Church of the court of diocesan officials who act on behalf of an individual bishop.

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700) — Christianity.

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