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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 Synod Highlights Divisions, Sets Stage For Future Battles
Roman Catholic bishops openly addressed hot-button topics that included questions about gays and Catholics who are divorced or remarried. Rarely has a synod attracted such attention.
Publ.Date : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:30:05 -0700
-Catholic bishops drop moves to accept gays
By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Roman Catholic bishops on Saturday reversed a historic acceptance of gays, dropping parts of a controversial document that had talked more positively of homosexuals than ever before in Church history. The document, issued at the end of a two-week assembly, or synod, of some 200 Roman Catholic bishops from around the world, pointed to deep divisions ...
Publ.Date : Sat, 18 Oct 2014 14:21:03 -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
-Charlotte Catholic tops West Mecklenburg 45-26
Charlotte Catholic forced two fumbles and recovered an onside kick to in the first quarter to jump out to a 31-6 lead eight minutes before halftime.
Publ.Date : Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:18:54 -0700
-Catholic bishops scrap landmark welcome to gays - VIDEO: Father Jonathan Morris weighs in
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 : Sun, 19 Oct 2014 02:08:47 -0700
-Pope Francis plays long game to reform Catholic Church
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - After winning praise around the world for his fresh and open style, the honeymoon period seems to be over for Pope Francis. A tumultuous two-week Vatican synod exposed polarization in the Catholic Church over his push to reform its traditional approach to sexual morality by becoming more welcoming to gays and easing restrictions on divorced and remarried Catholics. A ...
Publ.Date : Wed, 22 Oct 2014 06:24:04 -0700
-No agreement on what gays offer Catholic church
Catholic bishops ended a tense, two-week summit in Rome on Saturday without reaching a consensus on how to address what gays and lesbians can offer the church, same-sex relationships or Holy Communion for divorced and remarried couples.
Publ.Date : Sun, 19 Oct 2014 20:13:13 -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
-We don't need Vatican affirmation, says gay Catholic congregation
Priests and lay people from LGBTQ Catholic congregation Dignity react to much-discussed bishop's conference at Vatican
Publ.Date : Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:02:22 -0700
-Catholic Church accuses Metro directors of sabotage
Emeritus Archbishop of the Catholic Church in Kumasi, Most Rev. Peter Kwasi Sarpong has accused both the Regional and the Kumasi Metropolitan Directors of Education of setting an agenda to collapse Catholic Schools in the region.
Publ.Date : Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:53:51 -0700
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