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 (ĭ-klē′zhē-ə, -zē-ə)
n. pl. ec·cle·si·ae (-zhē-ē′, -zē-ē′)
1. The political assembly of citizens of an ancient Greek state.
a. A church or congregation.
b. The collective body of Christian believers regarded as constituting a universal church.

[Latin ecclēsia, from Greek ekklēsiā, from ekkalein, to summon forth : ek-, out; see ecto- + kalein, klē-, to call; see kelə- in Indo-European roots.]


n, pl -siae (-zɪˌiː)
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) (in formal Church usage) a congregation
2. (Historical Terms) the assembly of citizens of an ancient Greek state
[C16: from Medieval Latin, from Late Greek ekklēsia assembly, from ekklētos called, from ekkalein to call out, from kalein to call]


(ɪˈkli ʒi ə, -zi ə)

n., pl. -si•ae (-ʒiˌi, -ziˌi)
1. an assembly, esp. the popular assembly of ancient Athens.
2. a congregation; church.
[1570–80; < Latin < Greek ekklēsía assembly]
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bishops attempting to determine how to implement Ex Corde Ecclesiae, John Paul's 1990 letter on Catholic education, in America.
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Catholic bishops who have spent the past six years in a painstaking effort to adapt the Vatican document Ex Corde Ecclesiae to the standards of Catholic colleges and universities in the United States.
Toronto--The August 23 Catholic Register of Toronto published an article saying that the Canadian bishops and the Canadian Catholic universities and colleges had come to an agreement on the implementation of the apostolic letter Ex corde ecclesiae, dealing with Catholic institutions of higher learning.