Catholic Religious Studies Fact File

Everything you need to know about Catholicism at GCSE

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Catholic Paper (B)
Creed: A statement of belief spoken by the congregation during mass.
Trinity: The belief that one God is split into 3 entities; God the father, Jesus the Son, and
the Holy Spirit. Example analogy is one of the Clovers being one leaf 3 parts.
Resurrection: The belief that Jesus rose from the dead after 3 days in accordance to the
Communion: Another word for Eucharist, sacrament when we eat Jesus' body and blood.…read more

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Baptismal font: The `container' in which holy water is kept for baptisms, often kept near
to the door of the church to symbolise the person's entry into Christianity.
Lectern: The stand on which the scriptures are read from, where the liturgy of the word
takes place.
Crucifix: A Christian symbol of a cross with a figure of Christ on as homage to his sacrifice
to save mankind.…read more

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First Holy Communion: Usually takes place at the age of 7/8 at Easter too show new life.
They take part in lessons about their faith before and wear white as a symbol of their purity.
Marriage: The union of Man and wife before God. Christian marriage must be heterosexual,
exclusive, life giving, permanent and sacred.…read more

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Heaven: The place for those who have loved and seen God as he is: perfect. In heaven we
have eternal life in communion with God. It is the promised Kingdom of God.
Purgatory: Where Christ removes the remnants of our imperfections before heaven (or
hell.) CCC: The term purgatory foes not indicate a place but a condition of existence.
Hell: The Ultimate consequence of sin itself, those who have chosen to separate
themselves from God have made that choice for eternity.…read more

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Ageism: A form of prejudice against people of a particular age, often leads to discrimination.
Messiah: A title used for Jesus to refer to him as Saviour
Transfiguration: Word meaning `dramatic change.' Refers to when Jesus' changed to
brilliant white when Moses and Elijah appeared.
Temptation: A desire to do something you know is wrong.
Storge: Warm affection for someone or something: I love football.
Eros: Passionate love e.g. between a married couple
Philos: Love between friends and family.…read more

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Beliefs about Mary:
Catholics believe:
Mary is central to their faith as she gave birth to God's son
The Immaculate Conception: Mary was free from sin from the moment
she was conceived and so was born without original sin.
The Virgin Birth: Mary was made pregnant by the Holy Spirit and was a virgin
when she gave birth.
The Assumption: Mary was taken up to heaven body and soul when she
died.…read more

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When a vote is counted the ballot papers are collected. They are burnt and the
smoke is made a certain colour to inform the public whether or not a decision
has been made. White smoke means someone has been chosen, Dark smoke
means that deliberation must continue.
The Magesterium: The supreme authority in the Catholic Church. The pope is responsible
for the Magesterium and so is the ultimate authority for Catholics.
Conscience: Literally means inner knowledge.…read more

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To make total gift of yourself
Abstinence: Means refraining from sex. All people are called to refrain from sex before they
get married.
Chastity: Not the same as celibacy, it is not having sex for those who are unmarried and for
those who are, only having sex with their husband/wife under religious conditions.
Morals: are individual decisions and views about what's right and wrong.
Ethics: are morals which are shared or imposed on a community.…read more

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Got the Nobel Peace prize in 1979
Knew she wanted to be a missionary in India from the age of 12
Worked in the slums of Calcutta for 10 years then after a film about her in
11970 her fame grew and this spread her message more widely.
She thought that no matter who was giving charity should be accepted
She symbolised love for the unloved.
Martin Luther King Jr.
Born in 1929 by a Baptist minister father and schoolteacher mother.…read more


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