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Imprimi Potest

+ Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger

Interdicasterial Commission for the

Catechism of the Catholic Church

Libreria Editrice Vaticana

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English translation of the

Catechism of the Catholic Church

for the United States of America copyright ©

1994, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops—Libreria Editrice Vaticana. English translation of

the

Catechism of the Catholic Church: Modifications from the Editio Typica

copyright © 1997, United States

Conference of Catholic Bishops—Libreria Editrice Vaticana.

The English translation of the Alleluia Verse from

Lectionary for Mass

© 1969, 1981, 1997, International

Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation (ICEL); excerpt from the English translation of

Rite

of Baptism for Children

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Rite of Marriage

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ICEL; the English translation of the General Instruction, Antiphons, Non-Biblical Readings from

The

Liturgy of the Hours

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Rite of Penance

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The Ordination of Deacons, Priests, and Bishops

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Rite of Consecration to a Life of Virginity

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Rite of Confirmation

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translation of

Order of Christian Funerals

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Rite of

Christian Initiation of Adults

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The Roman Missal

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2010, ICEL. All rights reserved.

English translation of

Laetamur Magnopere

from

L’Osservatore Romano.

Glossary and

Index Analyticus

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rights reserved.

Scripture quotations contained herein are adapted from the

Revised Standard Version of the Bible,

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New Revised Standard Version of the Bible,

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Excerpts from the

Code of Canon Law, Latin/English Edition

, are used with permission, copyright © 1983,

Canon Law Society of America, Washington, DC.

Citations of official church documents from Neuner, Josef, SJ, and Dupuis, Jacques, SJ, eds.,

The Chris-

tian Faith: Doctrinal Documents of the Catholic Church

, 5th ed. (New York: Alba House, 1992). Used with

permission.

Excerpts from

Vatican Council II: The Conciliar and Post Conciliar Documents, New Revised Edition

edited

by Austin Flannery, OP, copyright © 1992, Costello Publishing Company, Inc., Northport, NY, are used

by permission of the publisher, all rights reserved. No part of these excerpts may be reproduced, stored

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from the end of the third century A.D. This pastoral image, of pagan origin, was used by Christians to symbolize

the rest and the happiness that the soul of the departed finds in eternal life. This image also suggests certain char-

acteristic aspects of this Catechism: Christ, the Good Shepherd who leads and protects his faithful (the lamb) by

his authority (the staff), draws them by the melodious symphony of the truth (the panpipes), and makes them lie

down in the shade of the tree of life, his redeeming Cross which opens paradise.

In 2016, the

Catechism of the Catholic Church, Second Edition

, was updated to reflect the 2011 English

translation of Eucharistic Prayers, Creeds, and other texts in the

Roman Missal, Third Edition

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ISBN 978-1-57455-110-5

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