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DEFENDER OF THE FAITH

The title conferred on Henry VIII by Pope Leo X, in 1521, for the King's book Assertio Septem Sacramentorum . . . , which was a defense of the seven sacraments and the Sacrifice of the Mass against Martin Luther. The kings and queens of England still retain this title on their carriage and among their official titles.

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

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