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Religion Chapter 10 Vocab

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pilgrimage
a journey to a shrine or other holy place for spiritual and devotional reasons
simony
the buying and selling of spiritual things, spiritual services, or Church offices
excommunication
a severe penalty imposed by the Church for serious sins against the Catholic religion; it excludes participation in the sacraments
lay investiture
illicit practice by secular leaders to invest, or empower, a church leader with authority
Christendom
the cultural and political atmosphere that came into existence during the High Middle Ages in Europe when nearly everyone was Catholic and Catholicism influenced every aspect of people's lives
transubstantiation
the term used to describe the changing of the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ that takes place during the consecration of the Mass, by the power of the Holy Spirit through the words and actions of the priest