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MORTUARIUM

A term with several meanings, all somehow referring to the dead. It is a portion, once received by bishops, from the estate of deceased priests; or a bequest made to churches; or the fee for funerals not performed in one's own parish; or a chapel or hall for the dead, hence a morgue.

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

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