apostolic
adjective Date: 13th century 1. a. of or relating to an apostle b. of, relating to, or conforming to the teachings of the New Testament apostles 2. a. of or relating to a succession of spiritual authority from the apostles held (as by Roman Catholics, Anglicans, and Eastern Orthodox) to be perpetuated by successive ordinations of bishops and to be necessary for valid sacraments and orders b. papalapostolicity noun

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