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Catholic Epistles (The)
of the New Testament are those Epistles not addressed to any particular church or individual. Conventionally they are sevenviz. 1 James, 2 Peter, 1 Jude, and 3 John; but 2 John is addressed to a lady, and 3 John to Gaius, and, of course, are not Catholic Epistles either in matter or otherwise.