1. apostolic succession
Wikipedia definition
2. Apostolic successionApostolic succession is "the method whereby the ministry of the Christian Church is held to be derived from the apostles by a continuous succession" which is usually located in a series of bishops who have succeeded one another in the same see. It derived its origin directly from one of the apostles or indirectly through the initiative of an apostolic see.
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