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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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Catholic Charities’ snnual appeal ends
Reporting in are Donna and Norman LaValley, left, of St. George Church of Westfalls, as 2014 appeal chairs Fred and Maureen Pratt, standing, look on. Appeal staffers Patsy Vincent and Fred Heuer, right, provide assistance at the Catholic Charities office in Buffalo on Sunday.
Publ.Date : Sun, 13 Apr 2014 17:20:24 -0700
-Catholic Diocese Says Late Bishop Guilty of Abuse
Dutch Catholic diocese says bishop who died last year committed sexual abuse decades ago
Publ.Date : Sat, 12 Apr 2014 12:26:58 -0700
-Common Core stirs controversy for Catholic schools
Classrooms at some Catholic schools are undergoing a transformation, as decades-old traditions are being updated with Common Core state standards.
Publ.Date : Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:30:08 -0700
-Catholic Church acknowledgment of abuse by Dutch bishop seen as too little too late
Amsterdam Letter: admission about the late Johannes Gijsen has led to anger as well as relief among victims
Publ.Date : Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:11:55 -0700
-Deceased Dutch Catholic bishop was child molester: commission
By Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor PARIS (Reuters) - The Dutch Catholic Church, in a rare admission of guilt among senior clergy, has confirmed that a bishop who died last year had sexually abused two boys decades earlier. The diocese of Roermond said a Church commission had found that accusations against former bishop Johannes Gijsen, dating back to his time as chaplain at a minor seminary from ...
Publ.Date : Sat, 12 Apr 2014 08:18:03 -0700
-Pope Francis Asks Forgiveness For Catholic Clergy Child Abuse
Pope Francis gave some unusually direct comments on the Catholic Church's decades-long clergy abuse epidemic on Friday. Francis "personally ask[ed] for forgiveness for the damage they have done for having sexually abused children" in a short speech on Friday to a Catholic children's NGO. The remarks, according to the Vatican Radio write-up, were at least partially off script.  Although he has ...
Publ.Date : Fri, 11 Apr 2014 07:55:55 -0700
-Catholic teacher contract gets exact on behavior
The doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church is so complex the Archdiocese of Cincinnati is giving teachers a cheat sheet on some of the things that can get them fired. A new contract proposal from the diocese ...
Publ.Date : Fri, 04 Apr 2014 04:27:39 -0700
-Catholic Charities’ annual appeal ends
Reporting in are Donna and Norman LaValley, left, of St. George Church of West Falls, as 2014 Appeal leaders Fred and Maureen Pratt, standing, look on. Appeal staffers Patsy Vincent and Fred Heuer, right, provide assistance at the Catholic Charities office in Buffalo on Sunday.
Publ.Date : Sun, 13 Apr 2014 17:35:26 -0700
-My Catholic life
I was baptized a Catholic in a culture where one was born into the faith, where the title was key to being integrated into society. If one wasn't baptized, he wouldn't have godparents who, if they were well-connected, became one's ticket to school admissions and job applications. Back in ...
Publ.Date : Thu, 17 Apr 2014 03:58:34 -0700
-Catholic Church refuses poll request
The Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales turns down a request by members for the results of a sexual ethics survey to be made public.
Publ.Date : Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:29:51 -0700
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