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Communion of Saints
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I. Catholic Understanding – II. Protestant Understanding

I. Catholic Understanding

The expression “communion of saints” ( Communio sanctorum ) is attested in the writings of Nicetas of Remesiana (Explanatio symboli 10) as an addendum to the Apostles' Creed (DH 19) and signifies an interpretation of the concept of the church. In its very essence, the “Holy Catholic Church” is to be seen in three interwoven levels of meaning: the common participation of all the baptized in …

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Müller, Gerhard Ludwig and Track, Joachim, “Communion of Saints”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 11 July 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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