Catechism of the Catholic Church

The Profession of Faith 213 IN BRIEF 802 Christ Jesus “gave himself for us to redeem us from all iniquity and to purify for himself a people of his own” ( Titus 2:14). 803 “You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people” ( 1 Pet 2:9). 804 One enters into the People of God by faith and Bap- tism. “All men are called to belong to the new People of God” ( LG 13), so that, in Christ, “men may form one family and one People of God” ( AG 1). 805 The Church is the Body of Christ. Through the Spirit and his action in the sacraments, above all the Eucharist, Christ, who once was dead and is now risen, establishes the community of believers as his own Body. 806 In the unity of this Body, there is a diversity of mem- bers and functions. All members are linked to one another, especially to those who are suffering, to the poor and persecuted. 807 The Church is this Body of which Christ is the head: she lives from him, in him, and for him; he lives with her and in her. 808 The Church is the Bride of Christ: he loved her and handed himself over for her. He has purified her by his blood andmade her the fruitful mother of all God’s children. 809 The Church is the Temple of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit is the soul, as it were, of the Mystical Body, the source of its life, of its unity in diversity, and of the riches of its gifts and charisms. 810 “Hence the universal Church is seen to be ‘a people brought into unity from the unity of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit’” ( LG 4 citing St. Cyprian, De Dom. orat. 23: PL 4, 553).