College of Cardinals

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College of Cardinals

n. Roman Catholic Church
The body of all the cardinals that elect the pope, assist him in governing the church, and administer the Holy See when the papacy is vacant.

College of Cardinals

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(Ecclesiastical Terms) RC Church the collective body of cardinals having the function of electing and advising the pope

Col′lege of Car′dinals


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the chief ecclesiastical body of the Roman Catholic Church, electing and advising the pope and comprising all of the cardinals of the church.

College of Cardinals

A body of the highest authority next to the pope in the Roman Catholic Church. The pope is elected from one of the cardinals, and is elected by them. They assist the pope in religious and non-religious affairs.
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Noun1.College of Cardinals - (Roman Catholic Church) the body of cardinals who advise the Pope and elect new Popes
body - a group of persons associated by some common tie or occupation and regarded as an entity; "the whole body filed out of the auditorium"; "the student body"; "administrative body"
Church of Rome, Roman Catholic Church, Roman Church, Western Church, Roman Catholic - the Christian Church based in the Vatican and presided over by a pope and an episcopal hierarchy
cardinal - (Roman Catholic Church) one of a group of more than 100 prominent bishops in the Sacred College who advise the Pope and elect new Popes
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47) On November 21, 1970, the motuproprio Ingravescentem aetatem decided that all curial appointments were to end when the holder turned 80 years of age and, even more importantly, that cardinals who turned 80 would not participate in papal conclaves.
56) Estienne, 366-67: "Verum ut talia de vetustis scriptoribus iudicia missa faciam, dissimulare nolo, haereditarium mihi eum quo Plautum prosequor, amorem esse: quum hic comicus patri meo, antequam ad ingravescentem aetatem pervenisset, omnium Latinorum scriptorum post Ciceronem & charissimus, & (quantum licebat per ea quae turn temporis suppetebant exemplaria) notissimus fuerit.