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[An act of faith.] A day set apart by the Inquisition
for the examination of “heretics.” Those not acquitted were burnt. The
reason why inquisitors burnt their victims was, because they are
forbidden to “shed blood”; an axiom of the Roman Catholic Church being,
“Ecclesia non novit sanguinem ” (the church is untainted with
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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