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Concordat

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A concordat is an agreement between the pope and a government or sovereign on religious matters. This often included both recognition and privileges for the Catholic Church in a particular country, as well as the ability for a state to influence the selection of bishops within their territory.

This type of formal agreement is generally no longer used by the Vatican, the last classic concordat, with Spain, having expired in 1980. A different model of relations between the Catholic Church and states is still evolving in the wake of the Second Vatican Council's Declaration on Religious Libetry, Dignitatis Humanae.

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