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Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature
a collection of rules used in the Roman Catholic Church, prescribing the time and manner of penance, the forms of prayer to be employed for the reception of those who enter upon penance, and for reconciling penitents by solemn absolution. Its history can be traced to the ninth century. (See PENITENTIAL).
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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Poenitentiale Romanum'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/tce/p/poenitentiale-romanum.html. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.