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CATHEDRAL

The official church of a bishop, where his permanent episcopal throne is erected. It is the mother church of a diocese and its clergy have precedence. The cathedral must be consecrated, and the date of consecration and the date of its titular feast must be observed liturgically. (Etym. Latin cathedra, a chair, stool, throne; Greek kathedra, seat.)

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

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