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IN PETTO

Also in pectore, i.e., secretly. Applied to the Pope when he announces a general decision but reserves for later publication the particular form of what he has decided. Generally refers to the choice of cardinals in petto, whose names are not announced.

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

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