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Chair of Peter.

In NT “chair” used as symbol of authoritative teaching and exercise of authority (Mt 23:2 NEB). In early ch. apostolic chair or see (sedes apostolica) was bishopric allegedly founded by apostle (e.g., at Rome, Alexandria, Antioch, Jerusalem). Roman see early traced back to Peter; hence called “Peter's chair” (cathedra Petri; also sedes sancta, papalis, Romana). Chair on which Peter supposedly sat preserved at Rome (origin usually ascribed to much later period). In the 4th c. February 22 came to be celebrated as the date on which Peter ascended the chair. Jerome* placed celebration of Peter's chair at Antioch on February 22, at Rome on January 18; latter made official by Paul IV (pope 1555–59).

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