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4 Marks of the Church

The Church is One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic
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Julia Sandmann

on 1 March 2011

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The Four Marks of the Church One Holy Catholic Apostolic Para. 866: The Church is one: she acknowledges one Lord, confesses 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. Para. 867: 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.

Para. 868: 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).

Para. 869: The Church is apostolic. She is built on a lasting foundation: "the twelve apostles of the Lamb" (Rev 21:14). She is indestructible (cf. Mt 16:18). She is upheld infallibly 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.
Christ founded only one Church and he gives it its unity. The work of the Church has been, and continues to be wounded through apostasy, heresy, and schism. We work and pray for the reunion of all christians in the Catholic Church, in which the true Church of Christ susists. Though made up of sinful members, the Church is holy with the holiness of Christ. The Church has a universal mission to fulfill. The Church's foundation is the apostles and their teaching.
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