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CONSTITUTION, PAPAL

An authoritative document that the Pope generally issues in his own name and that is intended to affect the Universal Church. Pope Paul VI used this form to promulgate the most important postconciliar decisions affecting the administration of the sacraments.

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

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