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Benedict XVI

(b. 1927) German cleric

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encyclical

Overview page. Subjects: History by Period.

A papal letter sent to all bishops of the Roman Catholic Church. The word is recorded (as an adjective) from the mid 17th century, and comes via late Latin from Greek enkuklios ‘circular,...

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monasticism

Overview page. Subjects: Religion — Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

Christian monasticism is motivated by a desire to seek God through Christ by a life of asceticism and prayer; Christian monks and nuns believe themselves to have a personal call from God to...

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