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1910 New Catholic Dictionary


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A symbol of the power and office of the Pope, the successor of Peter, to whom Our Lord said: "And I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 16).

Also a symbol of the Sacrament of Penance.

Saints and beati with keys as their emblem in art include

  • Genevieve who carries the key or keys of Paris
  • James the Greater
  • Peter the Apostle who is represented sometimes with one, the key of heaven; with two, either of gold or silver, to absolve and to bind; with two, either of gold or iron, to open the gates of heaven and hell; and again with one, symbolizing dominion over heaven, earth, and hell
  • Petronilla
  • Raymond of Penafort

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Entry for 'Keys'. 1910 New Catholic Dictionary. 1910.

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