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The Profession of Faith

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IN BRIEF

802

Christ Jesus “gave himself for us to redeem us from all

iniquity and to purify for himself a people of his own”

(

Titus

2:14).

803

“You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy

nation, God’s own people” (

1 Pet

2:9).

804

One enters into the People of God by faith and Bap-

tism. “All men are called to belong to the new People

of God” (

LG

13), so that, in Christ, “men may form one

family and one People of God” (

AG

1).

805

The Church is the Body of Christ. Through the Spirit and

his action in the sacraments, above all the Eucharist,

Christ, who once was dead and is now risen, establishes

the community of believers as his own Body.

806

In the unity of this Body, there is a diversity of mem-

bers and functions. All members are linked to one

another, especially to those who are suffering, to the

poor and persecuted.

807

The Church is this Body of which Christ is the head:

she lives from him, in him, and for him; he lives with

her and in her.

808

The Church is the Bride of Christ: he loved her and

handed himself over for her. He has purified her by

his blood andmade her the fruitful mother of all God’s

children.

809

The Church is the Temple of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit

is the soul, as it were, of the Mystical Body, the source

of its life, of its unity in diversity, and of the riches of

its gifts and charisms.

810

“Hence the universal Church is seen to be ‘a people

brought into unity from the unity of the Father, the

Son, and the Holy Spirit’” (

LG

4 citing St. Cyprian,

De

Dom. orat.

23: PL 4, 553).