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PROLOGUE

“FATHER, . . . this is eternal life, that they may know you,

the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.”

1

“God our Savior desires all men to be saved and to come to

the knowledge of the truth.”

2

“There is no other name under

heaven given amongmen bywhichwemust be saved”

3

than

the name of

Jesus

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1

God, infinitely perfect and blessed in himself, in a plan of

sheer goodness freely created man to make him share in his own

blessed life. For this reason, at every time and in every place, God

draws close to man. He calls man to seek him, to know him, to

love him with all his strength. He calls together all men, scattered

and divided by sin, into the unity of his family, the Church. To

accomplish this, when the fullness of time had come, God sent his

Son as Redeemer and Savior. In his Son and through him, he in-

vites men to become, in the Holy Spirit, his adopted children and

thus heirs of his blessed life.

2

So that this call should resound throughout the world,

Christ sent forth the apostles he had chosen, commissioning them

to proclaim the gospel: “Go therefore and make disciples of all

nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son

and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have

commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the

age.”

4

Strengthened by this mission, the apostles “went forth and

preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and

confirmed the message by the signs that attended it.”

5

3

Those who with God’s help have welcomed Christ’s call

and freely responded to it are urged on by love of Christ to

proclaim the Good News everywhere in the world. This treasure,

received from the apostles, has been faithfully guarded by their

successors. All Christ’s faithful are called to hand it on from gen­

1

Jn

17:3.

2

1 Tim

2:3-4.

3

Acts

4:12.

4

Mt

28:18-20.

5

Mk

16:20.