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The College of Cardinals.
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(Roman Catholic Church) the collective body of the cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church
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|Noun||1.||Sacred College - (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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