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The Catholic Denomination

The Catholic Church, commonly known as the Roman Catholic Church, has well over one billion members, approximately one-sixth of the world's population. It's the world's largest Christian denomination. It's also the largest organized body of any world religion. Catholics are led by the Pope, also known as the Bishop of Rome, currently His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI.

The Roman Catholic Church teaches that it is the "one holy catholic and apostolic Church founded by Jesus Christ." Section 8 of the Second Vatican Council's Decree on the Church, Lumen Gentium [1] states that "the one Church of Christ which in the Creed is professed as one, holy, catholic and apostolic, ... constituted and organized in the world as a society, subsists in the Catholic Church, which is governed by the successor of Peter and by the Bishops in communion with him".

Catholics seek forgiveness of their sins and follow the example and teaching of Jesus. They believe that Jesus has provided seven sacraments which give Grace from God to the believer. The Latin word sacramentum means "a sign of the sacred." The Catholic sacraments are:

Baptism - the Sacrament of Baptism is the first step in a lifelong journey of commitment and discipleship. Whether believers are baptized as infants or adults, Baptism is the Church's way of celebrating and enacting the embrace of God.

Eucharist - Catholics believe the Eucharist, or Communion, is both a sacrifice and a meal. It's a celebration of the Mass, (the Eucharistic liturgy) and the consecrated bread and wine which according to the faith become the body and blood of Christ. When Catholics receive Christ's Body and Blood, they are nourished spiritually and brought closer to God.

Reconciliation - The Catholic Sacrament of Reconciliation, also known as the Sacrament of Penance or Penance and Reconciliation, has three elements. They are: conversion, confession and celebration. In it Catholics find God's unconditional forgiveness, and are called upon to forgive others.

Confirmation - Confirmation is a Catholic sacrament of mature Christian commitment and a deepening of baptismal gifts. Like Baptism and Eucharist, it is a Sacrament of Initiation for Catholics and a Sacrament of faith in God's fidelity to us.

Marriage - For Catholics, the Sacrament of Marriage, or Holy Matrimony, is a public sign that one gives oneself totally to this other person. It is also a public statement about God: the loving union of husband and wife speaks of family values and also God's values.

Holy Orders - In the Sacrament of Holy Orders, or Ordination, the priest being ordained vows to lead other Catholics by bringing them the sacraments, especially the Eucharist, by proclaiming the Gospel, and by providing other means to holiness.

Anointing of the Sick - The Catholic sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, formerly known as Last Rites or Extreme Unction, is a ritual of healing appropriate not only for physical but also for mental and spiritual sickness.

 
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Pennsylvania's Catholic bishops forbid boys to wrestle girls
HARRISBURG Pa. (Reuters) - Pennsylvania’s Roman Catholic bishops have adopted a policy requiring boys on the wrestling teams of Catholic schools or youth organizations to forfeit matches against female opponents. Preserving safety and modesty are the reasons, said Joe Aponick, communications director for the Diocese of Harrisburg. The mandatory policy, first reported on Tuesday by WITF, National ...
Publ.Date : Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:55:52 -0700
-Malawi Catholic priest with 5 children accorded irregular burial
Blantyre Archdiocese catholic priest in Malawi who has fathered more than five children and was suspended in 2010 for disobeying his vow of celibacy, Fr Dasiano Kunkeyani, died on Monday morning forcing authorities to accord him with irregular burial ceremony. Fr. Kunkeyani, who was ordained in 2010 died at Mlambe Catholic Hospital in Blantyre around...
Publ.Date : Tue, 30 Sep 2014 03:56:24 -0700
-Catholic doctors host World Congress Oct. 1-4
The Catholic Physicians’ Guild of the Philippines (CPGP) will be hosting the XXIV FIAMC World Congress and its 78th anniversary and annual convention at the Fiesta Pavilion, Manila Hotel, One Rizal Park, Manila City, on Oct. 1 to 4. FIAMC stands for Fédération Internationale des Associations Médicales Catholiques, or the International Federation of Catholic Medical Associations.
Publ.Date : Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:28:12 -0700
-'Unfaithful' Catholic bishop resigns
The Bishop of Arundel and Brighton resigns with immediate effect saying he has been "unfaithful" to his promises as a Catholic priest.
Publ.Date : Sat, 27 Sep 2014 10:53:18 -0700
-Catholic priest in Puerto Rico suspended amid investigation for 'improper conduct' with minor
A Roman Catholic priest in a small town on the west coast of Puerto Rico is being investigated for improper conduct with a minor and has been suspended from his duties, church and government officials said Tuesday.
Publ.Date : Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:54:09 -0700
-Catholic bishop quits over 'shame'
A Catholic bishop was apologising to churchgoers today after he resigned from his post, claiming to have brought "shame" on his diocese and the church.
Publ.Date : Sat, 27 Sep 2014 16:30:00 -0700
-Catholic Priest in Puerto Rico Accused of Abuse
Catholic priest in Puerto Rico suspended amid investigation for 'improper conduct' with minor
Publ.Date : Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:07:16 -0700
-Catholic health plans offer birth control
Catholic health plans have for years been arranging for outside firms to provide contraceptive coverage to their enrollees.
Publ.Date : Thu, 18 Sep 2014 05:46:08 -0700
-UK Catholic Bishop of Arundel and Brighton Resigns after Being 'Unfaithful' to his Catholic Vows
The Catholic Bishop of Arundel and Brighton, Rt Rev Kieran Conry, has resigned after bringing "shame" on his diocese and being "unfaithful" to his vows.
Publ.Date : Sun, 28 Sep 2014 02:47:43 -0700
-Business leaders explore ways to carry Catholic values to the office
Venture capitalist Frank Hanna believes that just because he's a Catholic business owner, his faith and values don't have to be checked at the office door.
Publ.Date : Tue, 30 Sep 2014 08:13:34 -0700
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