935 To proclaim the faith and to plant his reign, Christ sends his apostles and their successors. He gives them a share in his own mission. From him they receive the power to act in his person.
936 The Lord made St Peter the visible foundation of his Church. He entrusted the keys of the Church to him. The bishop of the Church of Rome, successor to St Peter, is ‘head of the college of bishops, the Vicar of Christ and Pastor of the universal Church on earth’ (CIC, can. 331).
937 The Pope enjoys, by divine institution, ‘supreme,full, immediate and universal power in the care of souls’ (CD 2).
938 The bishops, established by the Holy Spirit, succeed the apostles. They are ‘the visible source and foundation of unity in their own particular Churches’ (LG 23).
939 Helped by the priests, their co-workers, and by the deacons, the bishops have the duty of authentically teaching the faith, celebrating divine worship, above all the Eucharist, and guiding their Churches as true pastors. Their responsibility also includes concern for all the Churches, with and under the Pope.
940 ‘The characteristic of the lay state being a ljfe led in the midst of the world and of secular affairs, lay people are called by God to make of their aposto late, through the vigour of their Christian spirit, a leaven in the world’
941 Lay people share in Christ’s priesthood: ever more united with him, they exhibit the grace of Baptism and Confirmation in all dimensions of their personal,family, social and ecclesial lives, and so fulfil the call to holiness addressed to all the baptized.
942 By virtue of their prophetic mission, lay people ‘are called. . . to be witnesses to Christ in all circumstances and at the very heart of the community of mankind’ (GS 43 §~).
943 By virtue of their kingly mission, lay people have the power to uproot the rule of sin within themselves and in the world, by their self-denial and holiness of life (cf LG 36).
944 The life consecrated to God is characterized by the public profession of the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity and obedience, in a stable state of life recognized by the Church.
945 Already destined for him through Baptism, the person who surrenders himself to the God he loves above all else thereby consecrates himself more intimately to God’s service and to the good of the whole Church.
Paragraph 5. The Communion of Saints
946 After confessing ‘the holy catholic Church’, the Apostles’ Creed adds ‘the communion of saints’. In a certain sense this article