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The church has influenced various issues in our society. The issues which have been influenced are abortion, divorce, homosexuality, and poverty. But before we look at how these issues were influenced lets first look at some of the aspects of the church. The churches mass is made up of two parts- the liturgy of the word and the liturgy of the Eucharist for the duration of which the Holy Communion is rejoiced. Mass is the center of worship that Catholics participate in. Catholics are supposed to attend Mass every Sunday and on a small number of important feasts days throughout the year. Mass is a crucial aspect in marriages, funerals, and other Catholic ceremonies and its celebrated every day in the majority of all churches. The Church also has seven sacraments which are confirmation, baptism, holy orders, Eucharist, penance, matrimony, and the anointing of the sick. Catholic theology instructs that these signs, which are established by Jesus Christ, affect the devout benefit of the partakers autonomous of their faith or virtue of their minister. In matrimony the bride and groom are the ministers of the sacrament of matrimony, not the officiating priest. Marriage is a bond amid which two baptized persons cannot be broken. According to the teachings of the church, the reason for marriage is to promote mutual love and to produce children. It is possible for the church to announce, after careful examinations, that a marriage was invalid from the beginning. Annulment is the Catholic equivalent to a divorce. Catholics show their piety in other ways besides sacraments and Mass. The rosary of the Virgin Mary is one way. In recent years, the church has made strict obligations to fast and abstain from meat on certain days voluntary. In the U.S., the persistence of Bishops to send children to school managed by the church has been discarded. The Roman Catholic Church has held strong spots on certain controversial concerns with issues in recent years. With the Rerum Novarum (1891) of Pope Leo XIII, popes have criticized the unfairness of the social and economical incidents brought on by industrial societies and devised remedies for them. They censured nuclear warfare, they constantly implored an end to the arms race, and tried to stop the abuse of poor... ... middle of paper ... .... She served as principal of a Roman Catholic high school in Calcutta, and was moved by the presence of the sick and dying on the city’s streets. In 1948 she was granted permission to leave her post at the convent and begin a ministry among the sick. The church has set up schools and programs in developing countries to help the children who are suffering from malnutrition, lack of basic health care and lack of education. The Society of Missionaries has spread all over the world. They provide effective help to the poorest of the poor in a number of countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, and they undertake relief work after natural catastrophes such as floods, epidemics, famine, and help for refugees. In North America, Europe, and Australia, they take care of the shut-ins, alcoholics, homeless, and AIDS sufferers. The government alone cannot solve these challenges facing society. It is the responsibility and duty of the church to help and work with those populations that have the misfortune to live under these conditions and for Christians to act like our Savior Jesus Christ and empty ourselves in humility and concern for the interests of others.

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