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Please Note: Outside the fact that in part 1, the Nicene Creed has been conformed with the Creed as accepted by the Orthodox Church wherein the "...Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,...." proceeds only from "the Father" and not from "the Father and Son" as the Roman Church has promoted since the break between the Eastern and the Western Churches in mid 11th century, part 2 contains the most important statements as the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith backtracks on its claim that Salvation is only possible from within the Roman Catholic Church.

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2. In the course of the centuries, the Church has proclaimed and witnessed with fidelity the Gospel of Jesus. At the close of the second millennium, however, this mission is still far from complete. For that reason, St. Paul's words are now more relevant than ever: "Preaching the Gospel is not a reason for me to boast; it is a necessity laid on me: woe to mme if I did not preach the Gospel!" (1Cor. 9:16). This explains the Magisterium's particular attention to giving reasons for and supporting the evangelizing mission of the Church, above all in connection with the religious traditions of the world.

In considering the values which these religions witness to and offer humanity, with an open and positive approach, the Second Vatican Council's Declaration on the relation of the Church to non Christian religions states: "The Catholic Church rejects nothing of what is true and holy in these religions. She has a high regard for the manner of life and conduct, the precepts and teachings, which, although differing in many ways from her own teachings, nonetheless often reflect a ray of that truth which enlightens all men". Continuing in this line of thought, the Church's proclamation of Jesus Christ, "the way, the truth, and the life" (Jn. 14:6), today also makes use of the practice of interreligous dialogue. Such dialogue certainly does not replace,....




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