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Why can't you wear rosary beads around your neck?

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Catholics view it a sign of disrespect to treat rosary beads like jewelry or to wear the beads as necklaces. This is in because they believe rosary beads are sacred objects intended for prayer.

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Cannon 1171 of the Code of Cannon Law explains that while a sacred object belongs to an individual and is personal property, an individual cannot use a sacred object for inappropriate or secular reasons. According to Catholicism, a rosary worn as jewelry or displayed as an ornament does not glorify God. While some people wear rosary beads around their necks as a sign of faith, the Catholic faith frowns on this practice.

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