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|Noun||1.||Roman Church - the Christian Church based in the Vatican and presided over by a pope and an episcopal hierarchy|
indulgence - the remission by the pope of the temporal punishment in purgatory that is still due for sins even after absolution; "in the Middle Ages the unrestricted sale of indulgences by pardoners became a widespread abuse"
Divine Office - canonical prayers recited daily by priests (e.g. the breviary of the Roman Catholic Church)
Little Office - a Roman Catholic office honoring the Virgin Mary; similar to but shorter than the Divine Office
Office of the Dead - an office read or sung before a burial mass in the Roman Catholic Church
placebo - (Roman Catholic Church) vespers of the office for the dead
confession - (Roman Catholic Church) the act of a penitent disclosing his sinfulness before a priest in the sacrament of penance in the hope of absolution
beatification - (Roman Catholic Church) an act of the Pope who declares that a deceased person lived a holy life and is worthy of public veneration; a first step toward canonization
canonisation, canonization - (Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Church) the act of admitting a deceased person into the canon of saints
Mass - (Roman Catholic Church and Protestant Churches) the celebration of the Eucharist
novena - a Roman Catholic devotion consisting of prayers on nine consecutive days
Stations, Stations of the Cross - (Roman Catholic Church) a devotion consisting of fourteen prayers said before a series of fourteen pictures or carvings representing successive incidents during Jesus' passage from Pilate's house to his crucifixion at Calvary
ostensorium, monstrance - (Roman Catholic Church) a vessel (usually of gold or silver) in which the consecrated Host is exposed for adoration
pallium - (Roman Catholic Church) vestment consisting of a band encircling the shoulders with two lappets hanging in front and back
ultramontanism - (Roman Catholic Church) the policy that the absolute authority of the church should be vested in the pope
sursum corda - (Roman Catholic Church) a Latin versicle meaning `lift up your hearts'
breviary - (Roman Catholic Church) a book of prayers to be recited daily certain priests and members of religious orders
missal - (Roman Catholic Church) a book containing all the prayers and responses needed to celebrate Mass throughout the year
Vulgate - the Latin edition of the Bible translated from Hebrew and Greek mainly by St. Jerome at the end of the 4th century; as revised in 1592 it was adopted as the official text for the Roman Catholic Church
Paternoster - (Roman Catholic Church) the Lord's Prayer in Latin; translates as `our father'
Mass card - (Roman Catholic Church) a card sent to a bereaved family that says the sender has arranged for a Mass to be said in memory of the deceased
spiritual bouquet - (Roman Catholic Church) a card indicating that the sender will perform certain devotional acts on behalf of another
kiss of peace, pax - (Roman Catholic Church) a greeting signifying Christian love for those assisting at the Eucharist
Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary, Immaculate Conception - (Christianity) the Roman Catholic dogma that God preserved the Virgin Mary from any stain of original sin from the moment she was conceived
gradual - (Roman Catholic Church) an antiphon (usually from the Book of Psalms) immediately after the epistle at Mass
Catholic Church - any of several churches claiming to have maintained historical continuity with the original Christian Church
Rome - the leadership of the Roman Catholic Church
Curia - (Roman Catholic Church) the central administration governing the Roman Catholic Church
College of Cardinals, Sacred College - (Roman Catholic Church) the body of cardinals who advise the Pope and elect new Popes
Rota - (Roman Catholic Church) the supreme ecclesiastical tribunal for cases appealed to the Holy See from diocesan courts
Roman Catholic - a member of the Roman Catholic Church
apostolic delegate - (Roman Catholic Church) a representative of the Holy See in a country that has no formal diplomatic relations with it
bishop - a senior member of the Christian clergy having spiritual and administrative authority; appointed in Christian churches to oversee priests or ministers; considered in some churches to be successors of the twelve Apostles of Christ
Brother - (Roman Catholic Church) a title given to a monk and used as form of address; "a Benedictine Brother"
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
dean - (Roman Catholic Church) the head of the College of Cardinals
Doctor of the Church, Doctor - (Roman Catholic Church) a title conferred on 33 saints who distinguished themselves through the orthodoxy of their theological teaching; "the Doctors of the Church greatly influenced Christian thought down to the late Middle Ages"
domestic prelate - (Roman Catholic Church) a priest who is an honorary member of the papal household
internuncio - (Roman Catholic Church) a diplomatic representative of the Pope ranking below a nuncio
Monsignor - (Roman Catholic Church) an ecclesiastical title of honor bestowed on some priests