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A modern dictionary of 5,679 Catholic terms (including abbreviations), both common and obscure. Find accurate definitions of words and phrases. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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HOLY FATHER

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A title of the Pope, in common usage as the equivalent of Beatissimus Pater. Signifies the Pope;s position as the spiritual father of all the Christian faithful.