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SOLICITUDE

As one of the charisms of administration in the apostolic church, it was the anxious concern of a bishop about the spiritual welfare of his people. St. Paul's solicitude for the churches under his care has been the model for bishops ever since (II Corinthians 11:28). (Etym. Latin sollicitus, thoroughly moved, agitated.)

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

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