GCSE Christianity- Catholicism: core beliefs

Revision resource for OCR Roman Catholicism topic 1 - Core beliefs. A lot applies to Christianity in general as well for those doing Christianity gcse.

What it contains:

  • explanation for all main religious terminology for the topic
  • religious and  social commandments
  • beatitudes
  • mary as a model of faith
  • examples of saints- maximillian kolbe and padre pio
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Religious terminology
Topic 1- Core beliefs:

Apostle's creed- consists of 12 parts allegedly going back to the time of the 12 apostles.

Ascension of the Lord- this is celebrated on the fortieth day of Eastertide or the seventh Sunday of
Eastertide in some countries. It commemorates Jesus' ascension into Heaven…

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Nicene Creed ­ is said by Catholics at Mass on Sundays. It is the profession of the Christian faith. It
was formulated at the 1st Council of Nicea in 325AD and adopted as the true expression of faith at
the 2nd Council of Constantinople in 381AD. It was partly created…

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Religious Commandments:
1. Worship God; have no other (false) gods (e.g. money)
2. Make no graven images to worship (e.g. Golden Calf)
3. Do not take the Lords name in vain.
4. Keep the Sabbath Day (Sunday) holy.

Social Commandments:
1. Honour your father and mother
2. Thou shalt not…

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beatified or blessed, the person can be venerated by a particular region or group of people
with whom the person holds special importance.
Canonisation: requires another miracle. The title of saint tells us that the person lived a holy
life, is in heaven, and is to be honoured by the…


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