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84 • Part I. The Creed: The Faith Professed


There is no salvation through anyone else, nor is there

any other name under heaven given to the human race

by which we are to be saved.

—Acts 4:12

At the beginning of the third millennium, the world celebrated global

awareness and the diversity of cultures. The revolution in communica-

tions, transportation, and computer technologies is making us all aware

of peoples and diversity in ways seldom experienced so directly in times

past. The United States itself is a primary case study in continuing cul-

tural diversity, especially witnessing the arrival of large numbers of

Hispanics and Asians.

Amid the excitement generated by global awareness, it is helpful to

point out that God’s plan to save the world has been global from the

very start. Christ’s final words to his Apostles precisely present a global

scale to their mission: “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations”

(Mt 28:19).

The energetic missionaries of the Church have brought the Good

News of Jesus Christ to every part of the world. Time after time the

Church has incarnated the Gospel in yet another new and fascinating

culture. If anyone is an expert in cultural pluralism, it is the Church,

whose Gospel outreach has evangelized ancient Judea, Greece and

Rome, Egypt and North Africa, the tribal communities that flowed into

northern Europe, the Medieval and Renaissance worlds, the far-flung

lands of Asia, and the new fields opened up by the discovery of America.

In recent times, the Church’s revitalized mission to Africa and Asia is yet

another chapter in her proclamation of Christ to the world.

While we correctly celebrate the rich variety of cultures, we also

are reminded that unity and harmony in Christ constitute the greatest

value and hope for the human community. There should be no clash

of cultures or civilizations, but rather the growth of universal respect

for everyone’s human dignity. We search for unity as we honor ethnic

and cultural diversity. This is a unity that reflects the unity of the Holy