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confessor

1. Christianity Chiefly RC Church a priest who hears confessions and sometimes acts as a spiritual counsellor
2. History a person who bears witness to his Christian religious faith by the holiness of his life, esp in resisting threats or danger, but does not suffer martyrdom
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The new design means the confessors and the priest will be seen, but not heard, outside the confessional and by doing so protect the priest and the confessor.
Anyone entering the convent must do so only with urgent need and af ter having secured the express permission of the confessor, the only person permitted to escort visitors to their desired destinations within the convent.
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His visit culminated in the beatification ceremonies on the final two days, honouring 27 martyrs and three "confessors of the faith."
Some people may go from confessor to confessor until they find one that will tell them what they wanted to hear in the first place.
On November 2, a number of terrorists targeted a bus carrying Copts while returning from the Monastery of Saint Samuel the Confessor in Minya.
Samuel the Confessor monastery when they were attacked.
"When the confessor becomes aware of the presence of genuine spiritual disturbances 6 that may be in large part psychic, and therefore must be confirmed by means of healthy collaboration with the human sciences 6 he must not hesitate to refer the issue to those who, in the diocese, are charged with this delicate and necessary ministry, namely, exorcists." 
In the past, only a bishop or a designated chief confessor of a diocese could grant absolution for an abortion.
From the time of the foundation of the Congregation until his illness in the 1980s, he was a confessor and instructor of the novices.
Only 15 per cent knew of Edward the Confessor, the king whose death prompted the events of 1066.
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