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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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Lexington Catholic ending athletics agreement with Fayette County schools
Four years after Lexington Catholic and Fayette County's public schools came to an agreement that allowed them to schedule regular-season sports contests with each other, Lexington Catholic is ending its participation in the agreement.
Publ.Date : Wed, 29 Oct 2014 07:50:12 -0700
-Catholic Church to close, merge a dozen schools in Chicago
By Fiona Ortiz CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Catholic Church will close or merge a dozen of its 240 Chicago-area schools due to falling attendance in some areas of the country's largest parochial school system, the Archdiocese of Chicago said on Wednesday. "We will not be able to maintain all schools in their current form," outgoing Cardinal Francis George said in a letter posted on the website of the ...
Publ.Date : Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:28:43 -0700
-Catholic exorcists call for 'Holyween' to replace Halloween
Catholic exorcist priests say Halloween tempts people into Satanism and should be replaced by new festival, Holyween, based on the adoration of Christian saints
Publ.Date : Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:57:51 -0700
-Catholic bishops scrap landmark welcome to gays
Catholic gay rights groups have reacted with disappointment to bishops scrapping their landmark welcome to gays this weekend, a move that showed deep divisions at the end of a two-week meeting sought by Pope Francis to chart a more merciful approach to ministering to Catholic families.
Publ.Date : Sat, 18 Oct 2014 11:48:47 -0700
-Why can't the Catholic Church change?
As Catholic bishops in Rome began a major meeting on modern family life two weeks ago, Pope Francis encouraged them to speak candidly and "without timidness."
Publ.Date : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:29:55 -0700
-Catholic Parishes Wait As New York Archdiocese Set To Announce Closures, Mergers
Catholic parishes across our area are waiting to hear whether they'll be staying open after the New York Archdiocese said it will be shutting down or consolidating 14 percent of its parishes.
Publ.Date : Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:11:18 -0700
-Catholic Archdiocese To Close Or Consolidate Schools
Cardinal Francis George on Wednesday said, as he wraps up his remaining three weeks as the Catholic Archbishop in Chicago, he’ll finalize plans to close and consolidate some Catholic schools with low enrollment.
Publ.Date : Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:47:11 -0700
-Catholic schools in rich areas to charge higher fees
Parents whose children attend Catholic schools in the more affluent areas of Sydney face higher fees as changes to the federal government's funding model force a rethink.
Publ.Date : Tue, 28 Oct 2014 01:49:29 -0700
-Saving Catholic schools has been Cardinal George's personal cause
To help tens of thousands of Chicago-area Catholic school students, Cardinal Francis George has gone to Springfield, launched a $350 million fundraising campaign and just last week put the archdiocese's schools in his will.
Publ.Date : Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:02:38 -0700
-Catholic holidays honored
Cotabato City — Leaders of Central Mindanao’s tri-people — Muslim, Christian and Lumads — joined yesterday the Catholic world in the observance of “Undas” (All Souls’ and All Saints’ Day), taking turns to express their wishes for Divine intervention for the forgiveness of the departed and for the promotion of conciliation and unity among the living.In separate text messages to the Manila ...
Publ.Date : Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:19:34 -0700
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