Why is the Church catholic or universal?

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The Church is catholic or universal because Christ established it to proclaim all of His teaching to all men, at all times, and in all places. Jesus said, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation” (Mark 16:15). “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be …

How long has the Catholic Church been in existence?

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The Church has been in existence since the sacrificial Death and Resurrection of Jesus. This took place about 33 A.D. The Catholic Church has had a continuous existence of more than two thousand years, and it is the only Christian institution of which this is true.

Does the Catholic Church teach all the truths that Jesus Christ taught?

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Yes. The Catholic Church is the only Church which teaches all the truths that Jesus Christ taught. Many other Christian communities have rejected the Sacraments of Penance and Anointing of the Sick, the Mass and the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, the spiritual supremacy of Peter and his successors, the popes, the efficacy of grace, and man’s ability …

Why is the Catholic Church apostolic?

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The Catholic Church is apostolic because it is able to trace its lineage in unbroken continuity back to the Apostles. Jesus said to Peter, “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18). Speaking to all the Apostles, He said, “All …

Why is the Catholic Church one?

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The Church is one because it is unified in belief. The truths which the members of the Catholic Church hold are the truths made known to us by Jesus Himself; they are truths which come to us directly from God. God is Truth. He knows all things and cannot be mistaken. He is infinitely truthful and cannot lie. Whatever God …

How did Jesus indicate that His Church is one?

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Jesus said, “And I have other sheep, that are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will heed my voice. So there shall be one flock, one shepherd” (John 10:16). Jesus prayed to His Father: “That they may all be one; even as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may …

Why are we united by a spiritual leader?

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All Catholics are united under the same spiritual leadership because Jesus Christ made Peter the chief shepherd of His flock, and provided that Peter’s successors, the Bishops of Rome, would be the heads of His Church and guardians of His truths until the end of time. Loyalty to the Bishop of Rome, the Pope, will ever be the binding center …

Why are we united in worship?

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We are united in worship because we have but one altar, upon which Jesus Christ daily renews the offering of Himself upon the Cross. Everywhere we have the same Mass and everywhere the same Seven Sacraments. By means of the Eucharist, Christ re-offers Himself to the Father through the ministry of His priests in the Sacrifice of the Mass. At …

How does the Catholic Church minister to the bodily needs of people?

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The Catholic Church ministers extensively to the bodily needs of people by helping those in need, by seeking to relieve the causes of suffering, and by building up a better life for man. Its vast health care and social welfare systems are found throughout the world. Although the Church is deeply involved in ministering to the bodily needs of people, …

How can we help unbelievers find God?

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We can help unbelievers find God by the witness of our lives of firm faith in God and personal love of Christ, and by our goodness and love towards unbelievers. We can help people to turn to God if we give them a good example of our own deep faith in God. If people see our love for Christ in …