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1. In RCm, assembly of cardinals* convoked by and meeting in the presence of the pope. 2. In Ch. of Eng., the bp.'s court for administration of ch. law in his diocese (but “Commissary Court” in the diocese of Canterbury). 3. The lowest court in many Presb. chs., consisting of the minister and elders of a local ch. (Kirk-session in Scot.). 4. In some Luth. and Ref. chs., an administrative bd. consisting entirely, or chiefly, of clergy; often attached to the bp. of a diocese. See also Reformed Churches, 1.

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