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Atonement

Reconcilitation between God and humanity

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Catechism

Official teaching of the Roman Catholic Church

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Compassion

A feeling of pity which one want to help them suffer.

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Creeds

Statement of Christian belief.

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Faith

Firm blief without logical proof.

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Incarnation

The belief that God took human form in Jesus.

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Monotheism

Belief in one God.

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Repentance.

The act of being sorry for wrongdoing and deciding not to do it again.

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Salvation.

The act of delivering from sin, or saving from evil.

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Trinity

The belief that God is three in one.

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Unity

God's way of being one.

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Virgin Birth

The belief that Hesus was not conceived through sex.

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Anglican Churches

Churches that in communion with the Church of England.

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Apostolic

The belief that the church can only be understood in the light of the apostles.

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Bishops.

Priests specially chosen by the Pope who are responsible for all the churches in a diocese.

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Catholic

Universal or worldwide.

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Celibacy

Living without engaging in any sexual activity.

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Holy

Of, or relating to, God, Sacred.

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Laity.

All the people of the Church who are not chosen to be bishops, priests or deacons.

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Magisterium

The Pope and the bishops interpreting the Bible and tradition for Roman Catholics today.

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Nonconformist Churches.

Protestant Christians seperated from the Church of England.

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Ordination.

Making someone a priest, bishop or deacon by the sacrament of Holy Orders.

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Orthodox Churches

National Churches which are in the union of the Patriarch of Constantinople (e.g the Russian Orthodox Church)

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Papacy.

the office of the Pope.

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Active life.

The life lived by religious orders who work in society as well as praying.

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Charity.

Voluntary giving to those in need.

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Contemplative life.

The life of prayer and meditation lived by some religious orders. 

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Displaying religion.

Making a show of your religion, e.g. by praying in the street.

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The evangelical counsels.

The vows of pverty, chasity and obedience.

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Holy Orders.

The status of a priest, bishop or deacon.

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Hypocrite.

A person who acts in a way that contradicts what they say.

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The law of Moses

The laws gGod gave Moses in the Old Testament. 

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The Monastic Life

Living as a monk or nun in a monastic community.

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Religious Community.

A religious order who live together as a group, e.g. the Benedictines.

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The Sermon on the Mount.

Jesus' description of Christian living.

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Vocation

A call from God to lead the Christian life.

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Absolution

Through the action of the priest, God grants pardon and peace.

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Chrism

The oil used in baptism, confirmation and ordination.

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Commemoration.

The belief that the Eucharist is simply a remembrance of the Last Supper.

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Contrition

Sorrow for the sin comitted and deciding not to sin again.

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Holy week.

The week before Easter Sunday.

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Liturgy of the Eucharist

The re-enactment of the Last Supper during which the bread and wine are transubstantiated. 

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Liturgy of the word.

The Bible readings in the second part of the mass. 

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Penance.

An action to show your contrition. 

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Penitential rite.

The confession and absolution at the beginning of the Mass. 

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Rite of communion

Recieving the body and blood of Jesus. 

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Sacrament

An outward sign through which invisible grace is given to a person by Jesus.

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Transubstantiation

The belief that the bread and wine become the body and blood of Jesus.

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