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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 Schools Week Mass part of archdiocese fundraising campiagn
Thousands of students gathered at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral in downtown Cincinnati for Catholic Schools Week Mass. 
Publ.Date : Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:02:36 -0800
-Paramus Catholic trio all set to sign
Paramus Catholic seniors Najee Clayton, Saleem Brightwell and Curtis Oliver committed to Rutgers, Pittsburgh and James Madison, respectively.
Publ.Date : Tue, 27 Jan 2015 13:05:51 -0800
-Catholic schools celebrate religious education this week
CEDAR RAPIDS — Catholic schools are celebrating school choice and religious education this week with a service campaign and a visit from the archbishop of Dubuque, among other activites. The events coincide with National School Choice Week and National Catholic Schools Week, which celebrate choice and religion in education. Tom Keating, the principal of Xavier High School, said his school was ...
Publ.Date : Mon, 26 Jan 2015 21:15:44 -0800
-Lexington Catholic QB Reese Ryan commits to WKU
Lexington Catholic quarterback Reese Ryan admitted he was "feeling a lot of stress" the last few weeks with national football signing day (Feb. 4) quickly approaching. Click to Continue »
Publ.Date : Mon, 26 Jan 2015 18:08:44 -0800
-Eastside Catholic boys earn victory over Seattle Prep
No. 4 Crusaders move into tie for first in Metro League Mountain Division with 60-50 victory over Panthers.
Publ.Date : Tue, 27 Jan 2015 22:35:52 -0800
-St. Mary's Catholic Home in Cherry Hill deserves to survive
Anne Rush is praying to stay at St. Mary's Catholic Home. "It's the best place, other than heaven," says Rush, 95, who is upset about the Diocese of Camden's plan to sell the Cherry Hill facility where she has lived for seven years.
Publ.Date : Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:13:07 -0800
-Catholic board open to teaching sexual consent
The Windsor-Essex Catholic School Board says it welcomes any adaptations to its curriculum that would help young students better understand sexual consent, but it recognizes there will be some challenges. 
Publ.Date : Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:17:27 -0800
-Catholic diocese purchases former school site
THE Catholic Diocese of Toowoomba has vowed to respect the cultural significance of the site of the former Toowoomba South State School.
Publ.Date : Tue, 27 Jan 2015 22:58:47 -0800
-Catholic schools urged to lend IT skills to Comelec
MANILA, Philippines – The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) urged Catholic schools on Wednesday, January 28, to lend their computer expertise to the Philippines' poll body as “serious doubts” plague the automated elections in 2016. In a statement, the CBCP also warned the Commission on Elections (Comelec) against ...
Publ.Date : Wed, 28 Jan 2015 02:36:04 -0800
-The Rev. Richard McBrien dies at 78; liberal Catholic theologian
The Rev. Richard McBrien, a University of Notre Dame theologian known for his unabashedly liberal stands on various church teachings and his popular books on Catholicism, died Sunday in his native Connecticut after a lengthy illness, according to the school. He was 78.
Publ.Date : Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:15:01 -0800
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