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congregation

noun aggregate, aggregation, amassment, assemblage, assembly, assembly of persons, association, audience, batch, coetus, collection, conclave, conference, congregated body, convention, conventus, convergence, convocation, crowd, forgathering, gathering, getting together, horde, ingathering, mass, mass meeting, meeting, multitude, reunion, session
See also: assemblage, assembly, band, centralization, collection, combination, committee, company, cumulation, mass, rendezvous, session

CONGREGATION. A society of a number of persons who compose an ecclesiastical body. In the ecclesiastical law this term is used to designate certain bureaux at Rome, where ecclesiastical matters are attended to. In the United States, by congregation is meant the members of a particular church, who meet in one place worship. See 2 Russ. 120.

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The eventual merging of two or more dicasteries competent in similar or closely connected matters to create a single dicastery serves on the one hand to give the latter greater importance (even externally).
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eschatology, hypostatic union, Pneumatology, periti, inculturation, and dicastery.
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The role of our dicastery is to promote dialogue, and not to officially guide its development or to decide on its outcome.
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