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Catechism in a Year

Monday, May 28, 2018

166. What is the Church called "Catholic"?

The Church is catholic, that is universal, insofar as Christ is present in her: "Where there is Christ Jesus, there is the Catholic Church" (Saint Ignatius of Antioch). The Church proclaims the fullness and the totality of the faith; she bears and administers the fullness of the means of salvation; she is sent out by Christ on a mission to the whole of the human race.

Further reading: CCC 830-831, 868


167. Is the particular Church catholic?

Every particular Church (that is, a diocese or eparchy) is catholic. It is formed by a community of Christians who are in communion of faith and of the sacraments both with their Bishop, who is ordained in apostolic succession, and with the Church of Rome which "presides in charity" (Saint Ignatius of Antioch).

Further reading: CCC 832-835



These excerpts are from the Compendium of the CCC.
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