Catechism of the Catholic Church

230 Part One “Bride of the Lamb,” 382 “the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God, having the glory of God.” 383 For “the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb .” 384 IN BRIEF 866 The Church is one: she acknowledges one Lord, con- fesses one faith, is born of one Baptism, forms only one Body, is given life by the one Spirit, for the sake of one hope (cf. Eph 4:3-5), at whose fulfillment all divisions will be overcome. 867 The Church is holy: the Most Holy God is her author; Christ, her bridegroom, gave himself up to make her holy; the Spirit of holiness gives her life. Since she still includes sinners, she is “the sinless one made up of sinners.” Her holiness shines in the saints; in Mary she is already all-holy. 868 The Church is catholic: she proclaims the fullness of the faith. She bears in herself and administers the totality of the means of salvation. She is sent out to all peoples. She speaks to all men. She encompasses all times. She is “missionary of her very nature” ( AG 2). 869 The Church is apostolic. She is built on a lasting foun- dation: “the twelve apostles of the Lamb” ( Rev 21:14). She is indestructible (cf. Mt 16:18). She is upheld infal- libly in the truth: Christ governs her through Peter and the other apostles, who are present in their successors, the Pope and the college of bishops. 870 “The sole Church of Christ which in the Creed we profess to be one, holy, catholic, and apostolic, . . . subsists in the Catholic Church, which is governed by the successor of Peter and by the bishops in commun­ ion with him. Nevertheless, many elements of sancti- fication and of truth are found outside its visible confines” ( LG 8). 382 Rev 21:9. 383 Rev 21:10-11. 384 Rev 21:14.