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UNIVERSAL

Whatever is common to many; or some one thing that is common to many and that can be in many or applied to many. Used in the sense of Catholic, referring to the church, univesal means being everywhere geographically, continuous historically, the same essentially, and available indiscriminately.

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

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