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a term referring to a universal church, e.g. the Roman Catholic Church, in place of the more generic term CHURCH. See also CHURCH-SECT TYPOLOGY.



the most common name for the popular assembly in ancient Greece. In the Athens of Pericles (mid-fifth century B.C.) and in other democratic poleis, or city-states, the ecclesia was the highest governmental body. It elected officials and exercised legislative, executive, and judicial power. In oligarchic poleis the authority of the ecclesia was limited by other governmental bodies, such as councils and collegia.

In many poleis, the popular assembly was given a special name; the term apella was used in Sparta, the term agora in Delphi and the cities of Thessaly, and the term alia in Argos, Epidaurus, Gela, and Acragas (present-day Agrigento). Writers of late antiquity used the word “ecclesia” to refer to the place where a popular assembly was held.

In Christian writings, “ecclesia” may mean either the community of believers or the church as a whole.

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The very first remedy that we asked of His Eminence, Donald Cardinal Wuerl, was: If the Holy Spirit leads you to it and your conscience will allow it, to declare publicly that Georgetown University is compliant with Ex corde Ecclesiae, orients its institutional initiatives according to standards that are consistent with the norms and morality of the Church, and lives up to the title 'Catholic,'" explained Blatty.
In 1827, at age seventy, Read retired entirely from business and devoted himself to preparing one last tunebook, the Musica Ecclesiae, which he completed in 1832.
Some experts believe the Land O'Lakes Statement initiated a movement among Catholic conservatives that eventually led to the historical and controversial Ex Corde Ecclesiae (John Paul II, 1990).
In August of 1990, with the publication of his important reflection on Catholic higher education, entitled Ex Corde Ecclesiae (From the Heart of the Church), Pope John Paul II called Catholic colleges and universities around the world to assert their unique and distinctive educational missions.
In 1991, the document Ex Corde Ecclesiae (On Catholic Universities) reflected the consistent emphasis of John Paul II's teachings on the environment: the protection of nature and awareness of the international ecological situation were conspicuously to be included among the research activities of the Catholic university in its service to society.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate a donation to Mater Ecclesiae Church, 261 Cross Keys Road, Berlin, NJ 08009.
His Acta Ecclesiae Mediolanensis went so far as to specify the proper width of bars of the convent grills (80) and, in architecture, fostered the double church structure designed to separate the nuns from the host and from the outside world (87, 131, 164).
Series Episcoporum Ecclesiae Catholicae Occidentalis ab initio usque ad annum MCXCVIII; Series VI Britannia, Scotia et Hibernia, Scandinavia, Tomus 1 Ecclesia Scoticana, general editors Odilo Engels and Stefan Weinfurter with cooperation of H.
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has returned to the Vatican (2 May), as planned, to take up permanent residence inside Vatican City at the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery in the Vatican Gardens.
The initiative, which now represents 500 clergy in Austria, wants the Vatican to revive the "Lex Ecclesiae Fundamentalis" project initiated by Pope Paul VI following the Second Vatican Council.
49) In fact, the issue did not seem to raise any further problem, and it took the commission only a few minutes to come to the final redaction of this now disputed phrase: "Haec Ecclesia, in hoc mundo ut societas constituta et ordinata, subsistit in Ecclesia Catholica, a succesore Petri et Episcopis in eius communione gubernata, licet extra eius compaginem elementa plura sanctificationis et veritatis inveniantur, quae ut dona Ecclesiae Christi propria, ad unitatem catholicam impellunt.
John Paul II's 1990 apostolic exhortation Ex Corde Ecclesiae and subsequent legislation require those teaching theological disciplines in Catholic universities to have a mandatum.