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Giotto's "Pentecost"

The Uniqueness of the Church

The Church is unique among human institutions and organizations: it is not only a human thing, but like Christ himself is both human and divine, a continuation of the Incarnation.

Giotto's "Kiss of Judas"

The Scandal of the Church

Can the Church really be Christ's body, inhabited by the Holy Spirit, when there is so much sin and weakness among its members?

Fra Angelico's "Communion of the Apostles"

The Holiness of the Church

The Church is the hospital that dispenses the medicines and teaches the protocols that can heal and change wounded, fallen humans, preparing us for the presence of the Holy God.

Fra Angelico's "Resurrection of Christ and the Women at the Tomb"

Evangelization

Before the fullness of time when Jesus will establish his Kingdom in the sight of all, he has established a time of mercy, working through his Church to proclaim the Gospel to all nations.