the New Testament Epistles of James, I and II Peter, I John, and sometimes II and III John and Jude, addressed to the entire church.
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British Dictionary definitions for catholic epistles
New Testament the epistles of James, I and II Peter, I John, and Jude, which were addressed to the universal Church rather than to an individual or a particular church
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