1. Through this solemn liturgy we finish the celebration event of the nineteenth centenary of the martyrdom of the holy apostles Peter and Paul, and also thus nearby the Year of Faith. We devoted it come the commemoration the the holy apostles in order that we can give witness to our steadfast will to be faithful come the deposit the the faith(1) which lock transmitted to us, and also that we might strengthen our desire to live by that in the historical circumstances in which the Church find herself in her trip in the midst of the world.

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2. Us feel the our duty to give public thanks to all who responded to our invitation by bestowing on the Year of belief a splendid completeness with the deepening the their personal adhesion to words of God, with the rejuvenation in various communities of the job of faith, and through the testimony of a Christian life. Come our brothers in the episcopate especially, and also to all the faithful the the divine Catholic Church, us express our appreciation and we provide our blessing.

A Mandate

3. Likewise, us deem that us must fulfill the mandate entrusted by Christ come Peter, whose follower we are, the last in merit; namely, to check our brothers in the faith.(2) through the awareness, certainly, the our human being weakness, yet with all the strength impressed ~ above our soul by together a command, we shall appropriately make a job of faith, pronounce a creed which, without gift strictly speak a dogmatic definition, repeats in substance, v some advances called because that by the spiritual condition of our time, the creed of Nicea, the creed the the immortal legacy of the holy Church that God.

4. In making this profession, us are conscious of the disquiet i beg your pardon agitates certain modern quarters with regard come the faith. They do not escape the affect of a civilization being profoundly changed, in i beg your pardon so numerous certainties are being debated or discussed. Us see even Catholics allowing themselves to be seized through a kind of enthusiasm for change and novelty. The Church, many assuredly, has always the duty to lug on the effort to study much more deeply and also to present, in a manner ever far better adapted to successive generations, the unfathomable mysteries the God, wealthy for every in fruits of salvation. Yet at the same time the greatest treatment must be taken, when fulfilling the indispensable duty the research, to execute no injury to the teachings the Christian doctrine. Because that that would certainly be to offer rise, together is unfortunately checked out in this days, come disturbance and also perplexity in countless faithful souls.

Await the Word

5. The is vital in this respect come recall that, past scientifically confirmed phenomena, the intellect which God has given us reaches that which is, and not merely the spatu expression of the frameworks and advancement of consciousness; and, ~ above the various other hand, the the task of interpretation—of hermeneutics—is to try to understand and also extricate, when respecting the word expressed, the sense conveyed through a text, and also not come recreate, in part fashion, this feeling in accordance v arbitrary hypotheses.

6. But above all, we place our unshakable trust in the holy Spirit, the soul of the Church, and in theological faith upon i beg your pardon rests the life that the Mystical Body. We know that souls await the word of the Vicar of Christ, and we answer to the expectation through the instructions which we on regular basis give. But today us are provided an opportunity to make a much more solemn utterance.

7. On this day which is preferred to near the Year the Faith, on this feast that the blessed apostle Peter and also Paul, we have actually wished to sell to the living God the homage the a job of faith. And as once at Caesarea Philippi the apostle Peter spoke on behalf of the twelve to do a true confession, past human opinions, the Christ as child of the life God, so now his humble successor, minister of the universal Church, raises his voice come give, on instead of of every the civilization of God, a firm witness come the magnificent Truth entrusted to the Church to it is in announced to every nations.

We have wished our job of belief to it is in to a high degree complete and also explicit, in order that it may respond in a fitting method to the require of irradiate felt by so numerous faithful souls, and also by every those in the world, to everything spiritual family they belong, that are looking for the Truth.

come the glory that God many holy and also of our mr Jesus Christ, trusting in the assist of the Blessed Virgin Mary and of the holy apostles Peter and Paul, for the profit and edification of the Church, in the name of all the pastors and all the faithful, we now pronounce this job of faith, in complete spiritual communion through you all, lover brothers and sons.


8. We believe in one just God, Father, Son and also Holy Spirit, creator of things visible such as this civilization in which our transient life passes, of things invisible such as the pure spirits which are likewise called angels,(3) and creator in each guy of his spiritual and immortal soul.

9. We believe that this only God is for sure one in His infinitely holy significance as likewise in every His perfections, in His omnipotence, His unlimited knowledge, His providence, His will and His love. He is He that is, as He revealed come Moses;(4) and He is love, together the apostle john teaches us:(5) so that these 2 names, being and also love, to express ineffably the same magnificent reality of the who has actually wished to make Himself well-known to us, and who, "dwelling in light inaccessible,"(6) is in Himself above every name, above every point and over every created intellect. God alone can provide us right and full expertise of this reality by revealing Himself together Father, Son and also Holy Spirit, in who eternal life we space by grace dubbed to share, here listed below in the obscurity the faith and after death in eternal light. The shared bonds which eternally constitute the three Persons, who are each one and the same magnificent being, space the blessed inmost life the God thrice holy, infinitely past all that us can develop in human being measure.(7) We provide thanks, however, to the magnificent goodness that very many believers deserve to testify with us prior to men to the unified of God, even though they know not the secret of the most holy Trinity.

The Father

10. We believe then in the Father that eternally begets the Son; in the Son, words of God, that is eternally begotten; in the holy Spirit, the uncreated human who proceeds indigenous the Father and also the son as their eternal love. Therefore in the Three divine Persons, coaeternae sibi et coaequales,(8) the life and also beatitude that God perfect one superabound and are consummated in the supreme excellence and also glory proper to uncreated being, and always "there must be venerated unified in the Trinity and also Trinity in the unity."(9)

The Son

11. We believe in our mr Jesus Christ, that is the child of God. He is the Eternal Word, born that the Father before time began, and also one in substance through the Father, homoousios come Patri,(10) and also through him all things were made. He was incarnate the the Virgin mar by the strength of the divine Spirit, and also was do man: equal therefore to the dad according come His divinity, and also inferior to the dad according to His humanity;(11) and Himself one, no by some difficult confusion that His natures, however by the unit of His person.(12)

12. That dwelt amongst us, complete of grace and truth. He proclaimed and also established the Kingdom that God and also made us recognize in himself the Father. He offered us His brand-new commandment come love one an additional as He love us. He taught us the means of the beatitudes the the Gospel: poor in spirit, meekness, experiencing borne v patience, thirsty after justice, mercy, purity the heart, will for peace, persecution endured for justice sake. Under Pontius Pilate that suffered—the Lamb the God bearing on himself the guilty of the world, and He died for united state on the cross, saving us through His redeeming blood. He to be buried, and, that His own power, rose on the third day, increasing us by His resurrection to that sharing in the divine life which is the life of grace. The ascended to heaven, and He will come again, this time in glory, to judge the living and also the dead: every according to his merits—those who have responded to the love and piety the God going to eternal life, those who have refused them to the end going come the fire the is no extinguished.

and His Kingdom will have no end.

The divine Spirit

13. We believe in the holy Spirit, who is Lord and Giver of life, that is adored and also glorified together with the Father and the Son. He spoke to united state by the prophets; the was sent out by Christ ~ His resurrection and also His ascension come the Father; he illuminates, vivifies, protects and also guides the Church; the purifies the Church"s members if they do not shun His grace. His action, i beg your pardon penetrates to the inmost the the soul, allows man come respond come the contact of Jesus: it is in perfect together your Heavenly dad is perfect (Mt. 5:48).

14. We believe that mar is the Mother, that remained ever before a Virgin, the the Incarnate Word, our God and Savior Jesus Christ,(13) and also that by factor of this singular election, she was, in consideration of the merits of she Son, redeemed in a an ext eminent manner,(14) kept from all stain of original sin(15) and also filled v the gift the grace more than all various other creatures.(16)

15. Joined by a close and indissoluble bond come the Mysteries that the Incarnation and Redemption,(17) the Blessed Virgin, the Immaculate, was at the end of her earthly life raised body and also soul come heavenly glory(18) and also likened come her increased Son in anticipation that the future most all the just; and we think that the Blessed mother of God, the brand-new Eve, mommy of the Church,(19) continues in sky her maternal role with regard come Christ"s members, cooperating through the birth and also growth of divine life in the souls that the redeemed.(20)

Original Offense

16. We believe that in Adam all have sinned, which method that the initial offense cursed by him caused human being nature, typical to all men, to loss to a state in i beg your pardon it bears the consequences of the offense, and which is not the state in i beg your pardon it to be at an initial in our very first parents—established together they to be in holiness and justice, and in which man knew neither angry nor death. It is human being nature for this reason fallen, stripped the the grace that clothed it, hurt in that is own herbal powers and also subjected to the dominance of death, that is sent to all men, and it is in this feeling that every guy is born in sin. We as such hold, with the the supervisory board of Trent, that initial sin istransfer with human being nature, "not by imitation, yet by propagation" and that the is thus "proper come everyone."(21)

Reborn the the divine Spirit

17. We believe that o ur mr Jesus Christ, by the sacrifice of the cross redeemed united state from initial sin and also all the personal sins committed by each among us, for this reason that, in accordance with the word of the apostle, "where sin abounded, grace did an ext abound."(22)


18. We think in one Baptism denote by our mr Jesus Christ for the remission the sins. Baptism need to be administered even to little children who have actually not however been maybe to it is in guilty that any an individual sin, in stimulate that, though born deprived of superordinary grace, they may be reborn "of water and also the holy Spirit" come the divine life in Christ Jesus.(23)

The Church

19. We think in one, holy, catholic, and also apostolic Church, built by Jesus Christ on that rock which is Peter. She is the Mystical body of Christ; at the exact same time a visible society instituted with hierarchical organs, and also a spiritual community; the Church ~ above earth, the pilgrim human being of God right here below, and the Church filled v heavenly blessings; the germ and also the first fruits the the Kingdom the God, through which the work and the sufferings of Redemption are continued throughout human history, and also which looks because that its perfect achievement beyond time in glory.(24) In the course of time, the mr Jesus forms His Church by method of the sacraments create from His plenitude.(25) By these she renders her members entrants in the secret of the Death and Resurrection that Christ, in the grace of the divine Spirit who offers her life and also movement.(26) She is therefore holy, though she has actually sinners in her bosom, since she herself has no various other life however that that grace: the is by living by she life the her members room sanctified; it is by removing us from her life that they loss into sins and also disorders that prevent the radiation of she sanctity. This is why she suffers and does penance because that these offenses, of i beg your pardon she has the power to cure her children through the blood of Christ and the gift that the divine Spirit.

The Word

20. Heiress of the divine promises and daughter that Abraham follow to the Spirit, through that Israel whose scriptures she lovingly guards, and whose patriarchs and prophets she venerates; founded upon the apostles and handing on native century come century your ever-living word and also their powers together pastors in the successor of Peter and also the bishops in communion through him; perpetually aided by the divine Spirit, she has the fee of guarding, teaching, explaining and also spreading the truth which God revealed in a climate veiled path by the prophets, and fully by the lord Jesus. We believe all the is contained in the word of God written or handed down, and that the Church proposes for id as divinely revealed, whether by a solemn referee or by the ordinary and also universal magisterium.(27) We believe in the infallibility enjoyed by the successor of Peter as soon as he teaches ex cathedra together pastor and teacher of all the faithful,(28) and also which is assured additionally to the episcopal body as soon as it exercises v him the supreme magisterium.(29)

21. We think that the Church established by Jesus Christ and for which the prayed is indefectibly one in faith, worship and also the link of ordered communion. In the bosom of this Church, the rich selection of liturgical rites and the legitimate diversity the theological and also spiritual heritages and also special disciplines, far from injuring she unity, do it much more manifest.(30)

One Shepherd

22. Recognizing additionally the existence, outside the biology of the Church the Christ, that numerous aspects of truth and also sanctification i m sorry belong to her together her own and tend come Catholic unity,(31) and also believing in the activity of the divine Spirit that stirs up in the heart of the practical worker of Christ love that this unity,(32) us entertain the hope the the believer who room not however in the full communion the the one only Church will one day be rejoined in one flock with one only shepherd.

23. We think that the Church is essential for salvation, since Christ, that is the sole mediator and method of salvation, makes Himself present for us in His body which is the Church.(33) however the divine design of salvation embraces all men; and also those that without fault on their part do not recognize the Gospel of Christ and His Church, however seek God sincerely, and also under the influence of grace venture to carry out His will as well-known through the promptings of their conscience, they, in a number known only come God, can achieve salvation.(34)

Sacrifice that Calvary

24. We believe that the Mass, commemorated by the monk representing the human of Christ by virtue the the power received through the Sacrament that Orders, and also offered by him in the name of Christ and also the members that His Mystical Body, is the sacrifice the Calvary rendered sacramentally existing on ours altars. We think that together the bread and also wine consecrated by the mr at the last Supper were changed into His body and also His blood which were to be available for us on the cross, an in similar way the bread and wine consecrated by the priest are changed into the body and blood the Christ enthroned gloriously in heaven, and also we believe that the mysterious existence of the Lord, under what proceeds to appear to our senses as before, is a true, genuine and an extensive presence.(35)


25. Christ cannot be thus current in this sacrament except by the readjust into His human body of the fact itself that the bread and the change into His blood of the truth itself that the wine, leaving unchanged just the nature of the bread and wine which ours senses perceive. This mysterious readjust is an extremely appropriately called by the Church transubstantiation. Every theological explanation which seeks some understanding of this an enig must, in bespeak to it is in in accord through Catholic faith, keep that in the truth itself, individually of our mind, the bread and also wine have actually ceased come exist ~ the Consecration, so the it is the lover body and blood of the lord Jesus that from then on room really prior to us under the sacramental varieties of bread and also wine,(36) as the lord willed it, in stimulate to provide Himself to united state as food and also to combine us v the unified of His Mystical Body.(37)

26. The unique and indivisible existence of the mr glorious in heaven is no multiplied, yet is rendered current by the sacrament in the numerous places on planet where mass is celebrated. And also this visibility remains present, after the sacrifice, in the Blessed Sacrament i beg your pardon is, in the tabernacle, the living heart of every of ours churches. And it is our very sweet duty to honor and also adore in the blessed host which our eyes see, the Incarnate Word whom they cannot see, and who, there is no leaving heaven, is made present prior to us.

Temporal Concern

27. Us confess the the Kingdom of God begun here below in the Church of Christ is not of this human being whose kind is passing, and that its suitable growth cannot be confounded through the progression of civilization, of science or of person technology, yet that it consists in an ever more profound knowledge of the unfathomable wide range of Christ, an ever before stronger expect in eternal blessings, one ever much more ardent an answer to the love the God, and an ever much more generous bestowal of grace and also holiness amongst men. But it is this exact same love i m sorry induces the Church to concern herself constantly around the true temporal welfare that men. Without ceasing to recall to her youngsters that they have not here a lasting dwelling, she additionally urges them to contribute, each according to his vocation and his means, come the welfare of their earthly city, to encourage justice, peace and brotherhood among men, to provide their help freely to their brothers, especially to the poorest and most unfortunate. The deep solicitude of the Church, the Spouse that Christ, because that the requirements of men, for their joys and also hopes, their griefs and also efforts, is as such nothing other than her great desire come be current to them, in order come illuminate them v the light of Christ and also to gather them every in Him, their just Savior. This solicitude deserve to never mean that the Church conform herself to the things of this world, or that she diminish the ardor of her expectation of her Lord and of the eternal Kingdom.

28. We believe in the life eternal. We think that the souls of all those who die in the elegant of Christ whether they need to still it is in purified in purgatory, or even if it is from the moment they leave their bodies Jesus takes them come paradise as He did for the good Thief space the people of God in the eternity past death, which will certainly be finally conquered on the work of the Resurrection when these souls will be rejoined with their bodies.

Prospect that Resurrection

29. We think that the multitude of those gathered about Jesus and Mary in paradise creates the Church of Heaven wherein in eternal beatitude they view God as He is,(38) and where they also, in different degrees, are associated with the divine angels in the divine rule exercised by Christ in glory, interceding for us and also helping our weakness by your brotherly care.(39)

30. We believe in the communion of all the faithful the Christ, those who are pilgrims ~ above earth, the dead who are attaining their purification, and the blessed in heaven, every together developing one Church; and we believe that in this communion the merciful love that God and His saints is ever listening come our prayers, as Jesus said us: Ask and also you will receive.(40) therefore it is v faith and also in expect that we look forward to the resurrection of the dead, and also the life the the world to come.

Blessed it is in God Thrice Holy. Amen.



1. Cf. 1 Tim. 6:20.

2. Cf. Lk. 22:32.

3. Cf. Dz.-Sch. 3002.

4. Cf. Ex. 3:14.

5. Cf. 1 Jn. 4:8.

6. Cf. 1 Tim. 6:16.

7. Cf. Dz.-Sch. 804.

8. Cf. Dz.-Sch. 75.

9. Cf. Ibid.

10. Cf. Dz.-Sch. 150.

11. Cf. Dz.-Sch. 76.

12. Cf. Ibid.

13. Cf. Dz.-Sch. 251-252.

14. Cf. Lumen Gentium, 53.

15. Cf. Dz.-Sch. 2803.

16. Cf. Lumen Gentium, 53.

17. Cf. Lumen Gentium, 53, 58, 61.

18. Cf. Dz.-Sch. 3903.

19. Cf. Lumen Gentium, 53, 56, 61, 63; cf. Paul VI, Alloc. Because that the close up door of the 3rd Session of the 2nd sdrta.net Council: A.A.S. LVI <1964> 1016; cf. Exhort. Apost. Signum Magnum, Introd.

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20. Cf. Lumen Gentium, 62; cf. Paul VI, Exhort. Apost. Signum Magnum, p. 1, n. 1.