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The Role of the Catholic Church

persecute to cause a person to suffer because of their beliefs
monastery a community of monks
monk a man who has taken a solemn vow to devote his life to prayer and service in a monastery
clergy the body of people, such as priests, who perform sacred functions of a church
excommunicate to formally deprive a person of membership in a church
sacrament a solemn rite of Christian churches
pilgrimage a journey to a holy site
convent a community of nuns
nun a woman who has taken a sacred vow to devote her life to prayer and service to the church
relic an object considered holy because it belonged to a saint or other holy person
cathedral a larger and more impressive church; visible expression of Christian devotion
theology the study of God and religious truth
natural law the concept that there is a universal order built into nature that can guide moral thinking
monasticism a way of life in which men and women withdraw from the rest of the world in order to devote themselves to their faith
religious order a brotherhood or sisterhood of monks, nuns, or friars
friar a member of a certain religious order devoted to teaching and works of charity
Created by: tnutter