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Truths of the Catholic Church series

Pontifical Councils

Laity || Family || Justice and Peace || Promoting Christian Unity || “Cor Unum” || Culture || Social Communications || Inter-Religious Dialogue || Legislative Texts || Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People || Health Pastoral Care

The Pontifical Council for the Laity assists the Pope in all matters concerning the contribution the lay faithful make to the life and mission of the Church, whether as individuals or through the various forms of association that have arisen and constantly arise within the Church

In the Church there is a diversity of ministry but a oneness of mission. Christ conferred on the Apostles and their successors the duty of teaching, sanctifying, and ruling in His name and power. But the laity likewise share in the priestly, prophetic, and royal office of Christ and therefore have their own share in the mission of the whole people of God in the Church and in the world

The formation of lay Christians as witnesses to Christ in every environment, their knowledge of the Church's Social Teaching, their commitment for peace and the creation of humane and just living conditions, the importance of their being supported by the Christian community and by their Pastors, all of these are subjects that are constantly present in the programmes of the Pontifical Council and its dialogues with bishops from all parts of the world. These are also questions that call for collaboration within the Roman Curia, for instance, with the Pontifical Councils for the Family, for Culture, for Justice and Peace, and the Council “Cor Unum”.


St. Peter Canisius

For many years during the Reformation, Peter saw the students in his universities swayed by the flashy speeches and the well-written arguments of the non-believers. Peter was not alone in wishing for a Catholic catechism that would present true Catholic beliefs undistorted by fanatics.

 St Peter wrote the first issue of the Catechism, which appeared in 1555 and it was an immediate success – ultimately being written is 12 languages. Peter approached Christian doctrine in two parts: wisdom -- including faith, hope, and charity -- and justice -- avoiding evil and doing good, linked by a section on sacraments. Text Box: Non-Profit Org.
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Peter believed in the importance in learning and understanding the Catholic faith.













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