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HOLY NAME SOCIETY

Confraternity of men, originating at the ecumenical Council of Lyons in 1274, and promoted by the Dominicans, to whom Pope Gregory X intrusted its direction. The Spanish Friar Didacus (d. 1450) founded a confraternity of the Holy Name and drew up a rule. In time the confraternity merged with the Society of the Holy Name. World membership is several million. The purpose of the organization is twofold: to promote love and reverence for the name of God and Jesus, and to discourage profanity, blasphemy, perjury, and all improper language.

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

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