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Dogmatic Constitution on the Church (Lumen Gentium)

Dogmatic Constitution on the Church (Lumen Gentium)

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Ecclesial Pronouncement of November 21, 1964.


Christ is the Light of nations. Because this is so, this sacred synod gathered together in the Holy Spirit eagerly desires, by proclaiming the Gospel to every creature, to bring the light of Christ to all men, a light brightly visible on the countenance of the Church. Since the Church is in Christ like a sacrament or as a sign and instrument both of a very closely knit union with God and of the unity of the whole human race, it desires now to unfold more fully to the faithful of the Church and to the whole world its own inner nature and universal mission. This it intends to do following faithfully the teaching of previous councils. The present-day conditions of the world add greater urgency to this work of the church so that all men, joined more closely today by various social, technical and cultural ties, might also attain fuller unity in Christ.

One in a series of Vatican II Documents.

Topics include:

The Mystery of the Church
The People of God
The Hierarchical Structure of the church and the Episcopate
The Laity
Universal Call to Holiness in the Church
The Eschatalogical Nature of the Pilgrim church and It’s Union with the Church in Heaven
The Blessed Virgin Mary

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  • ISBN: 9780819818430
  • Author: Vatican Council II
  • Format: Softcover
  • Pages: 112
  • Language: English

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