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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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An authoritative document that the Pope generally issues in his own name and that is intended to affect the Universal Church. Pope Paul VI used this form to promulgate the most important postconciliar decisions affecting the administration of the sacraments.