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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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The distinctive activity of any human power or organ, as hearing or seeing. In theology, the purpose of any specific sacrament; the duty of any particular ministry; the public celebration of an ecclesiastical ritual; the responsibilities of an approved office or position in the Church's service of the faithful.

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