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Catechism of the Catholic Church Setting & Symbolism

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Crucifix

Crucifixes have been used at different times in history for torture and execution. Jesus was executed by crucifixion by the Romans as a political and religious criminal figure. There is one long pole that holds the person aloft. Then there is a short cross pole so that arms can be strung out and held down. Limbs are often broken and other injuries inflicted.

Chrism

This is anointing oil. It is mentioned more than once. In the first case it refers to oils used in association with the first initiation rite of baptism. It can also be used for other rites, including the elevation of bishops.

schism

This is a division amongst groups of people. One example of a schism that is used in the Catechism is the development of protestant churches. These were congregations who continued to practice a form of Christianity but refused to fall under...

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