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DEVIL'S ADVOCATE (ADVOCATUS DIABOLI)

A popular name for the advocate of God, the Vatican official who is the promoter of the cause in a process of beatification and canonization. The name arose from the fact that he is required to raise objections to a person's alleged sanctity or reputation for having worked miracles.

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

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