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In ecclesiastical law, a person officially responsible for the care of someone who cannot manage his own affairs, as a child during its minority or one who is emotionally or mentally handicapped. The Church now permits clerics and religious, under special circumstances, to act as guardians. The superior of a Franciscan friary is also called a guardian.
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