The eternal saving plan of God includes the formation of the church. Symbolism of the Church in the OT: preparation, figures, institutions. The Church in NT: words and deeds of Christ, the disciples and the apostles, Peter the rock; the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, words and deeds of the apostles; the teaching of St Paul; the remnant writings of the NT. The main marks of the Church: unity (subsistence, wounds); holiness (sources, signs, just and sinners in the Church); catholicity (universality and particularity, missionarity); apostolicity (succession, Petrine office, papal office). The people of God (laity, threefold ministry). The Ecumenical Dialogue on the Church. The Church as sacrament of salvation, relation to non-Christians. The Church and the World. The eschatological dimension of the Church.
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