Catechism of the Catholic Church

The Profession of Faith 227 856 The missionary task implies a respectful dialogue with those who do not yet accept the Gospel. 359 Believers can profit from this dialogue by learning to appreciate better “those elements of truth and grace which are found among peoples, and which are, as it were, a secret presence of God.” 360 They proclaim the Good News to those who do not know it, in order to consolidate, complete, and raise up the truth and the goodness that God has distributed among men and nations, and to purify them from error and evil “for the glory of God, the confusion of the demon, and the happiness of man.” 361 IV. T he C hurch I s A postolic 857 The Church is apostolic because she is founded on the apostles, in three ways: —she was and remains built on “the foundation of theApostles,” 362 the witnesses chosen and sent on mission by Christ himself; 363 —with the help of the Spirit dwelling in her, the Church keeps and hands on the teaching, 364 the “good deposit,” the salutary words she has heard from the apostles; 365 —she continues to be taught, sanctified, and guided by the apostles until Christ’s return, through their successors in pastoral office: the college of bishops, “assisted by priests, in union with the successor of Peter, the Church’s supreme pastor”: 366 For you, eternal Shepherd, do not desert your flock, but through the blessed Apostles watch over it and protect it always, so that it may be governed by those you have appointed shepherds to lead it in the name of your Son. 367 The Apostles’ mission 858 Jesus is the Father’s Emissary. From the beginning of his ministry, he “called to him those whom he desired; . . . And he 359 Cf. RMiss 55. 360 AG 9. 361 AG 9. 362 Eph 2:20; Rev 21:14. 363 Cf. Mt 28:16-20; Acts 1:8; 1 Cor 9:1; 15:7-8; Gal 1:1; etc. 364 Cf. Acts 2:42. 365 Cf. 2 Tim 1:13-14. 366 AG 5. 367 Roman Missal, Preface I of the Apostles. 839 843 75 171 880 1575 551