The definitions included in this glossary are associated with the objects contained in this Collection. They are not necessarily the only definitions but are indicative of the information contained in the Papal Artifacts web site.
Wherever applicable, an example of the definition being given from the Collection will be suggested for your viewing.
Note: papacy is a noun from the Medieval Latin papatia, meaning papa.
A group of territories in central Italy ruled by the popes from 754 until 1870 when Italy seized control of them.
A relatively large cross suspended from the neck by a cord or chain reaching well down the chest. It is worn by the clergy as an indication of their position and is different from the small crosses worn by many Christians.
In the Catholic Church the bishop of Rome is called the pope or the pontiff. While this expresses his authority as the head of the Catholic Church, other names used to designate his place of honor among the people are the Holy Father and the Vicar of Christ.
A noun used in this Collection to denote the position or the period in office of the pope.
A type of framed object, often a photo where the frame is included as part of the gift. In the Collection it designates the often beautiful frame containing an autograph of a famous person, usually a pope. An example of this is the Autographed Photo of Pius XI.
A hand-engraved or carved block of wood used in printing.
Pro Ecclesia Honors
Papal honors given to people who have been nominated by their local bishops because they have been extremely helpful to their local church.
From the Latin reliquiae, meaning remains.
A container or shrine in which sacred relics are kept.
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