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apostolic succession

uninterrupted passing on of faith; apostolic preaching and authority from the original 12 apostles


recognize a person as a saint

canon of Scripture

the list of books that the Catholic Church has identified and teaches to be the inspired Word of God.


providing privacy or seclusion

Deposit of Faith

The heritage of faith contained in Sacred Scripture and Tradition, handed on in the Church from the time of the Apostles, from which the Magisterium draws all that it proposes for belief as being divinely revealed


The movement, inspired and led by the Holy Spirit, that seeks the union of all Christian religions and eventually the unity of all peoples throughout the world.


Based on a word for "good news," in general, anyone who actively works to spread the
Gospel of Jesus; more commonly and specifically, the persons traditionally recognized as authors of the
four Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

ex cathedra

a latin phrase that means "from the chair."




This means that the Pope's statements are true and without error when "he proclaims by a definitive act a doctrine pertaining to faith and morals


Guided by God. From a word meaning "breathed in." The human writers of Scripture wrote in their own language, but through God's inspiration they wrote what God intended them to write and nothing more

interreligious dialogue

The Church's efforts to build relations with other world religions, such as Judaism and Islam.


the official teaching and office of the church


People who suffer or die for their beliefs


Writings that are not part of the canon.


The "fathers of faith,"male rulers,elders,or leaders. Patriarchs of faith of israel are Abraham,Issac,and Jacob.


God's self disclosure to us.

Self disclosure

God reveals himself and the divine plan on salvation


Ordinary poeople who in the midst of difficulties, uncertainty, and suffering. Despite these circumstances, they made extraordinary choices to put faith into their action

salvation history

The pattern of specific events in human history in which God clearly reveals his presence and saving actions. Salvation was accomplished once and for all through Jesus Christ, a truth foreshadowed and revealed throughout the Old Testament


to make holy

sanctifying grace

A gift from God that perfects the soul and enables us to live with God and to act according to his call


not existing in nature or subject to explanation according to natural laws


the study of the existence or the attributes of God; a word taken from the Greek words theos ("God") and logos ("word")


the Word of God entrusted by Christ to the Apostles and their successors in every generation under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, who preserves it free from error


a calling from God to fulfill a particular purpose or mission in life.

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