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(Roman Catholic Church) an act of the Pope who declares that a deceased person lived a holy life and is worthy of public veneration; a first step toward canonization beatification
reaction of the Roman Catholic Church to the Reformation reaffirming the veneration of saints and the authority of the Pope (to which Protestants objected); many leaders were Jesuits Counter Reformation
seventh ecumenical council in 787 which refuted iconoclasm and regulated the veneration of holy images Nicaea , Second Council of Nicaea
ancient indigenous religion of Japan lacking formal dogma; characterized by a veneration of nature spirits and of ancestors Shinto , Shintoism
quality of deserving veneration venerability , venerableness
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