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A person licensed to preach and collect alms. In the Middle Ages the name was given to preachers of indulgences who gathered alms for building churches and supporting the Crusades. So many abuses resulted from the practice that the Council of Trent forbade the granting of any indulgence that was conditioned on a money contribution for a specified object.

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

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