Confab to tackle Church’s ‘two marks’

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MANILA, July 26, 2014—In keeping with its mission of bringing the Church closer to the faithful, especially the youth, Manila’s Archdiocesan Commission on Youth (ACY) is scheduled to hold a talk on the “Catohlicity” and “Apostolicity” of the Catholic Church on on July 26, 2014, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Singalong, Malate, Manila.

According to ACY Commisioner Fr. Ramon Jade L. Licuanan, “Ka-Talk 54: Layko ‘To, Like Ko ’To (#PUSHmoyan Pagpapalaganap ng Ugnayan ng Sambayanan ni Hesus), the second of its series of talks, is set to focus on these two characteristics or “marks” of the Church and why and how these matter to the Faith.

The Catholic Church has withstood wars, rebellions, heresies, plagues and political machinations for more than two thousand years. (Photo: CNA)

The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) stresses, “The Church is One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic.”
CCC 811 details, “These four characteristics, inseparably linked with each other, indicate essential features of the Church and her mission. The Church does not possess them of herself; it is Christ who, through the Holy Spirit, makes his Church one, holy, catholic, and apostolic, and it is he who calls her to realize each of these qualities.”

In 812, it adds, “Only faith can recognize that the Church possesses these properties from her divine source. But their historical manifestations are signs that also speak clearly to human reason. As the First Vatican Council noted, the “Church herself, with her marvelous propagation, eminent holiness, and inexhaustible fruitfulness in everything good, her catholic unity and invincible stability, is a great and perpetual motive of credibility and an irrefutable witness of her divine mission.”

Quoting the “Preface of the Apostles”, which inspires the theme of the talk, Licuanan said, “It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation, always and everywhere to give you thanks, Lord, Holy Father, almighty and eternal God, through Christ our Lord, for you have built your Church to stand firm on apostolic foundations, to be a lasting sign of your holiness on earth and offer all humanity your heavenly teaching.”

The formation session will also be a celebration of the “Year of the Laity”, which the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) inaugurated in recognition of the important contributions of the lay faithful to the Church.(Raymond A. Sebastián)

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