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Meaning of apostolate

a•pos•to•late

Pronunciation: (u-pos'tl-it, -āt"), [key]
— n.
  1. the dignity or office of an apostle.
    1. the dignity and office of the pope as head of the Apostolic See.
    2. the mission of bishops in their dioceses.
    3. an organization of the laity devoted to the mission of the Church.
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