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Find accurate definitions of over 5,000 Catholic terms and phrases (including abbreviations). Based on Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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A concise papal letter prepared by the Secretary of State (formerly by the Secretary for Briefs) and stamped with an impression of the papal ring. It is a less formal document and lacks the solemnity of a bull.

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