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Relating to catechumens, that is, those receiving instruction in the principles of Christianity

Catechumenate refers to catechumens, that is, those who receive instruction in the principles of the Christian religion, typically with a view toward future baptism. As such, it is typically not understood to refer to the religious education of those who have been baptized as infants.

It is most commonly used within Roman Catholicism and Orthodox Christianity.

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