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Catholicism

altar boy

noun

a boy who helps a priest in a religious service, especially in the Catholic Church

Anglo-Catholic

noun

an Anglican whose beliefs and practices are similar to those of the Catholic Church

apostolic

adjective

relating to the Pope (=the leader of the Roman Catholic Church)

bull

noun

an official statement from a pope

Catholic

noun

a member of the Roman Catholic Church

Catholic

adjective

connected with the Roman Catholic Church

Catholicism

noun

the religion of the Roman Catholic Church

conclave

noun

a secret meeting of cardinals (=senior priests) in the Catholic Church, in which they elect a new Pope

confess

verb

to tell a priest about the bad things you have done, and ask to be forgiven for them, especially in the Roman Catholic Church

confession

noun

a statement that you make to a priest, especially in the Roman Catholic Church, in which you say what bad things you have done and ask to be forgiven

confessional

noun

a small room in a church, especially a Roman Catholic church, where a person goes to tell a priest about the bad things they have done and ask to be forgiven

confessor

noun

a priest, especially in the Roman Catholic Church, who listens to someone admit to the bad things that they have done

encyclical

noun

an official announcement by the Pope in the form of a letter

excommunicate

verb

to officially say that someone can no longer be a member of the Roman Catholic Church because they have done something that breaks the rules of the Church

Holy Father

noun

used as a way of talking to or about the Pope

the Holy See

the government and influence of the Pope

imprimatur

noun

official permission given by the Roman Catholic Church for a book to be printed

interdict

noun

an order from the Roman Catholic Church that officially prevents someone from taking part in its services

limbo

noun

in the Roman Catholic religion, the place between heaven and hell where some people who are not Christians go when they die

mortal sin

noun

according to the Catholic Church something you do that is so bad that you will be punished for ever after death unless you do what is necessary to be forgiven

the papacy

noun

the position or power of the Pope

papacy

noun

the period during which a particular person is the Pope

papal

adjective

relating to the Pope

papist

noun

an insulting word for someone who is a Roman Catholic

pontiff

noun

the Pope

pontificate

noun

the position of being the Pope

popemobile

noun

a vehicle with high glass sides that the Pope uses on official visits so that people can see him easily

popery

noun

an insulting word for Roman Catholicism

popish

adjective

an insulting word for Roman Catholic

presbytery

noun

the house where a Roman Catholic priest lives

purgatory

noun

the place where Roman Catholics believe people suffer after they die for the wrong things that they have done before they can go to heaven

RC

abbreviation

Roman Catholic

Roman Catholic

noun

a member of the part of the Christian Church that has the pope as its leader

the Sacrament of the Sick

noun

a religious ceremony performed by a Roman Catholic priest for someone who is dying

the Vulgate

an early translation of the Bible into Latin that was used in the past by the Roman Catholic Church

excommunication

noun

Roman Catholic

adjective

Roman Catholicism

noun

cross yourself

to make the shape of the Christian symbol of the Cross over your body, by moving a hand from the head to the chest and then from shoulder to shoulder, especially in the Roman Catholic religion

extreme unction

a ceremony in the Catholic Church for someone who is dying. The priest puts special oil on the sick person’s head while praying for them.

Your/His Holiness

used for talking to or about an important religious leader, especially the Pope

pre-cation

a paid holiday given to a new employee before they start their job

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