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In the Roman Catholic Church pontificals (Lat. pontificalia) are official acts by the chief clergy at which bishops, cardinals, abbots, or prelates carry the pontifical insignia of miters and staffs (e.g., at High Mass and confirmation; Initiation Rites). They include the ordination of deacons, priests, and bishops; the consecration of oil, altars, churches, and virgins; and certain blessings, visitations, and solemn jurisdictional acts. In these cases there is a uniform worldwide liturgical order (Liturgical Books).

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Grote, Heiner, “Pontificals”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 17 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_P.119>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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