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Plenary Councils
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[German Version]

(also called primatial, general, universal, national, or imperial councils) have been convened since the early days of the church as bodies representing a more or less extensive portion of the church – more than a single ecclesiastical province, but not the whole church, so they cannot be considered ecumenical councils (Council: II). Among the most important were those of the African church in the 4th and 5th centuries, presided over by the primate of Carthage. Although the three …

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Pree, Helmuth, “Plenary Councils”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 07 July 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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