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Refers to any set of beliefs of any community or nation, concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of life and the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a supernatural or divine agency.

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social teaching

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The teaching (social doctrine) of the Church on the truth of revelation about human dignity, human solidarity, and the principles of justice and peace; the moral judgments about ...


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The theological virtue by which we love God above all things for his own sake, and our neighbor as ourselves for the love of God (1822).


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The theological virtue by which we desire and expect from God both eternal life and the grace we need to attain it (1817).


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The Ten Commandments (literally, "ten words") given by God to Moses on Sinai. In order to be faithful to the teaching of Jesus, the Decalogue must be interpreted in the light of ...


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The teachings of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount on the meaning and way to true happiness (cf. Mt 5:1-12; Lk 6: 20-23). These teachings reflect the promises made to the chosen ...

profession of faith

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The synthesis (creed, "symbol of faith") of the faith which summarizes the faith professed by Christians (187). See Creed.


Religion; Catholic church

The symbolic description of the condition of our first parents before the Fall, who lived in a state of friendship with God in the happiness of original justice and holiness (374, ...