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The commonly used title of an ordained Catholic priest. In the Catholic Church, a priest is a man who is authorized to perform as a mediator between his congregation and the Christian god. His authority enables him to conduct liturgies and masses, and serve in both a spiritual and administrative capacity within the sphere of the Church’s influence and authority.

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"Father Luis Jaramillo blessing bunnies, Benedicion de los Animales, San Felipe de Neri Church, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1968," photograph by Ralph Looney

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