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Confirmation (Catholic)
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In the Roman Catholic understanding, confirmation is one of the seven sacraments of the Church, more precisely, one of the three sacraments of Christian initiation (Baptism, confirmation, Eucharist). Together with baptism, it effects reception into the Church and aims at a life in communion with God in Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit, understood as following in the footsteps of the inspired lives of the prophets and especially of Jesus Christ. In the Western Church, the liturgical celebration of confirmation, to be preceded by catechesis, is performed p…

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Leimgruber, Stephan, “Confirmation (Catholic)”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 14 May 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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