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BEQUEST

Money or other valuables left for some religious purpose after one's death. It is in the nature of a will and normally stipulates that Masses or prayers be offered for the one who made the bequest. In certain countries bequests have been outlawed as contrary to equity.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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