What exactly is the Holy See?

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posted on Apr, 7 2005 @ 09:05 AM
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I have seen the Pope referred to as the Holy See and also the goverment of the Catholic Church referred to as the Holy See and I'm confused. And does anyone know what the word See means in this contex?




posted on Apr, 7 2005 @ 09:13 AM
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The Holy See

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posted on Apr, 7 2005 @ 09:27 AM
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Originally posted by sanctum
The Holy See

Sanc'.


you want me to pull my hair out don't you
So now I have a newspaper to add to my question.



posted on Apr, 7 2005 @ 10:35 AM
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Originally posted by justme1640
I have seen the Pope referred to as the Holy See and also the goverment of the Catholic Church referred to as the Holy See and I'm confused. And does anyone know what the word See means in this contex?


I'm not quite sure where your confusion originates. But maybe this will help?

From www.m-w.com

Main Entry: see
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English se, from Old French, from Latin sedes seat; akin to Latin sedEre to sit -- more at SIT
1 a archaic : CATHEDRA b : a cathedral town c : a seat of a bishop's office, power, or authority
2 : the authority or jurisdiction of a bishop

Main Entry: Holy See
Function: noun
: the see of the pope





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