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Apostolic Succession



A deceased Catholic's having been publicly and officially proclaimed a saint.

canon of Scripture

the list of the books of the Bible officially recognized as sacred, inspired writings


adjective indicating a religious order whose members rarely leave the monastery or convent that is their home

Deposite of Faith

The heritage of faith contained in Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition. It has been passed on from the time of the Apostles. the magisterium takes from it all that it teaches as a revealed truth.


the movement to restore unity among all Christian Churches and, ultimately, of all people throughout "the whole wide world" (the literal meaning of the word)



ex cathedra

a latin phrase meaning "from the chair"


someone who is not jewish


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


written by human beings with the guidance of the Holy Spirit to teach without error those truths necessary for our salvation

interreligious dialogue

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


the official, authoritative teaching voice of the church


people who suffer deaths because of their beliefs; the church canonized many as saints


writings that are not part of a canon


the ancient fathers of the Jewish people, whose stories are recounted in the Book of Genesis


God's self-disclosure to us. (self-disclosure means God reveals himself and the divine plan of salvation)


ordinary people who lived in the midst of difficulties, uncertainty, and suffering...(not done)

salvation history



to make holy

sanctifying grace





literally "the study of God"; the academic discipline and effort to understand, interpret, and order our experience of God and Christian faith




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

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