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1910 New Catholic Dictionary


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A short, ornamental staff whose headpiece is decorated with a coat of arms, borne before eminent ecclesiastical, magisterial and academic bodies as a symbol of jurisdiction. Properly, mazza is a club-shaped beaten silver stick carried by mazzieri (mace-beaters), and Swiss Guards, in papal chapels at bishops' consecrations, and by papal messengers. Mazzi date from at least the 12th century.

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

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