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Part One

“Bride of the Lamb,”

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“the holy city Jerusalem coming down out

of heaven from God, having the glory of God.”

383

For “the wall of

the city had twelve foundations, and on them the twelve names of

the

twelve apostles of the Lamb

.”

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IN BRIEF

866

The Church is one: she acknowledges one Lord, con-

fesses one faith, is born of one Baptism, forms only one

Body, is given life by the one Spirit, for the sake of one

hope (cf.

Eph

4:3-5), at whose fulfillment all divisions

will be overcome.

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The Church is holy: the Most Holy God is her author;

Christ, her bridegroom, gave himself up to make her

holy; the Spirit of holiness gives her life. Since she still

includes sinners, she is “the sinless one made up of

sinners.” Her holiness shines in the saints; in Mary she

is already all-holy.

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The Church is catholic: she proclaims the fullness of

the faith. She bears in herself and administers the

totality of the means of salvation. She is sent out to all

peoples. She speaks to all men. She encompasses all

times. She is “missionary of her very nature” (

AG

2).

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The Church is apostolic. She is built on a lasting foun-

dation: “the twelve apostles of the Lamb” (

Rev

21:14).

She is indestructible (cf.

Mt

16:18). She is upheld infal-

libly in the truth: Christ governs her through Peter and

the other apostles, who are present in their successors,

the Pope and the college of bishops.

870

“The sole Church of Christ which in the Creed we

profess to be one, holy, catholic, and apostolic, . . .

subsists in the Catholic Church, which is governed by

the successor of Peter and by the bishops in commun­

ion with him. Nevertheless, many elements of sancti-

fication and of truth are found outside its visible

confines” (

LG

8).

382

Rev

21:9.

383

Rev

21:10-11.

384

Rev

21:14.