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Ordinarily the final vows that a person takes in an institute of Christian perfection, mainly poverty, chastity, and obedience. Other vows may be added, according to the constitutions of the institute. They are also called last vows, although some communities take perpetual vows immediately after the novitiate, and others never take what are technically perpetual vows, but they simply renew their vows regularly, according to their rule of life.
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