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Ministerial Pastoral Care
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[German Version]

In the narrow sense, ministerial pastoral care refers to counseling given on special religious occasions (Ministerial offices). In a broader sense, it encompasses the church's care for people in individual situations of their lives. The prerequisite and component of this care is conversation. It serves firstly to acquaint the persons involved, and then to prepare the ceremonial act. Ever since the catechumenate of the Early Church, baptism as the elementary ministerial office has been connected to the educational task of the church. In general, …

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Winkler, Eberhard, “Ministerial Pastoral Care”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 06 December 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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