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BOLLANDISTS

The Belgian Jesuit scholars who compile the Acta Sanctorum. They are named after John van Bolland, the work's first editor (1596-1665). The idea of a critical publication of the lives of the saints was conceived by Heribert Rosweyde (1569-1629), who died before any of the research was published.

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

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