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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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Malawi Catholic women challenged to be ‘sowers of hope’
Catholic Women in Malawi have been urged to embrace the spirit of bring hope to the venerable including their families, communities, workplaces and the wider society as a whole. Mzimba North Constituency parliamentarian Agnes Makonda NyaLonje made the call when she spoke at the official opening of the 36th Annual General Conference for Catholic Women Organization...
Publ.Date : Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:11:08 -0800
-More Catholic Hospitals Leads to Fewer Reproductive Health Options
After only 18 weeks of pregnancy, Tamesha Means’ water broke.
Publ.Date : Mon, 15 Dec 2014 11:48:09 -0800
-Catholic Church in Australia links celibacy to child abuse
The Catholic Church in Australia on Friday said that obligatory celibacy may have contributed to priests abusing children, and recommended that clergy should be given "psychosexual" training. In a landmark report, an Australian Catholic Church body dealing with the legacy of child sex abuse added that some church institutions and their leaders turned a blind eye to what was going on for years ...
Publ.Date : Fri, 12 Dec 2014 02:30:02 -0800
-Catholic Cowboy pulls upset in Claiming Crown
Catholic Cowboy recovered from two lackluster efforts at Keeneland in the fall to grind out a victory in the $200,000 Claiming Crown Jewel Stakes Dec. 6 at Gulfstream Park, upsetting a group of 14 older horses at odds of 17-1.
Publ.Date : Sun, 07 Dec 2014 16:44:21 -0800
-Becahi's Karam, Dunn take Beast of the East titles
Bethlehem Catholic's Luke Karam and Andrew Dunn both won individual titles on Sunday at the Beast of the East wrestling tournament at the University of Delaware's Bob Carpenter Center in Newark, Del.
Publ.Date : Sun, 21 Dec 2014 21:59:09 -0800
-Feast of Saint Peter Canisius: Patron of Catholic Press
The Catholic Church honors today the life and works of Saint Peter Canisius  (San Pedro Canisio), the patron of the Catholic press and a Doctor of Catechetical Studies. Feast masses, processions, and novenas will be held in several Catholic churches in many parts of the world in honor of one of the most influential religious figures during his time. St. Peter promoted the Catholic press through ...
Publ.Date : Sat, 20 Dec 2014 08:21:29 -0800
-STARNES: Catholic university suspends professor over anti-gay marriage controversy
Marquette University seems to be sending a message to students and faculty who support Catholic doctrine regarding marriage: if you oppose gay marriage keep your mouth shut.
Publ.Date : Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:48:52 -0800
-Priest who leaves ministry to marry replaced by married priest
Disaffected Anglican Fr Stephen Day accepted into Catholic Church with wife and children
Publ.Date : Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:35:28 -0800
-Priest who left ministry to marry replaced by married priest
Disaffected Anglican Fr Stephen Day joins Catholic Church with wife and children
Publ.Date : Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:42:16 -0800
-Top-ranked Camden Catholic proves worthy
When Camden Catholic boys' basketball coach Matt Crawford saw that his team was ranked No. 1 in South Jersey by The Inquirer last week, he knew what would come next.
Publ.Date : Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:09:13 -0800
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