I. Creed

Discover what the Catholic Church believes; here in Part One of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) – The Creed, or The Profession of Faith, encounter the Christian mystery, the object of faith.

Also see a summary of the principal articles of faith in these two professions of the Church:

Learn more about creed in the Catholic Encyclopedia

Catechism of the Catholic Church; Part One: The Profession of Faith

Section One: “I Believe” – “We Believe”

Man’s Capacity for God
The Desire for God; ways of coming to know God; the knowledge of God according to the Church; how can we speak about God

God comes to Meet Man
The revelation of God; transmission of divine revelation; Sacred Scripture

Man’s Response to God
“I believe” “we believe”

Section Two: I. The Creeds

I Believe in God the Father
I believe in God the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth; man; the fall

I Believe in Jesus Christ the Only Son of God
Jesus Christ, His Only Son, Our Lord; “He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit, and was born of the Virgin Mary”; Jesus and Israel; Jesus died crucified; Jesus Christ was buried; Christ descended into hell; on the third day He rose from the dead; He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father; He will come again to judge the living and the dead

I Believe in the Holy Spirit
The joint mission of the Son and the Spirit; the names, titles, and symbols of the Holy Spirit; God’s Spirit and the Word in the time of the promises; the Spirit of Christ in the fullness of time; the Spirit and the Church in the last days; the Church in God’s plan; the Church: People of God, Body of Christ, Temple of the Holy Spirit; the Church: one, holy, Catholic, apostolic; Christ’s faithful – hierarchy, laity, consecrated life; communion of saints; Mary: Mother of Christ, Mother of the Church; one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins; the power of the keys; Christ’s resurrection and ours; dying in Christ Jesus; life everlasting; the particular judgement; heaven; purgatory; hell; the last judgement; hope of the new heaven and new earth.

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