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I. Dogmatics – II. Liturgy – III. Music – IV. Canon Law

I. Dogmatics

In the Vulgate, the Latin term communio, along with the more frequent translations communicatio and societas, renders the New Testament word κοινωνία (koinōnía). It gained ecclesiological content primarily through the Apostles' Creed, which adopted Augustine's description of the church as the communio sanctorum including not only the elect, but also the angels. The communio evidenced in the NT as participation in the be…

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Schäfer, Rolf, Thompson, J. Michael and Aymans, Winfried, “Communio”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 21 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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