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Catechism of the Catholic Church

The Church - perfected in glory

769 "The Church . . . will receive its perfection only in the glory of heaven," 179 at the time of Christ's glorious return. Until that day, "the Church progresses on her pilgrimage amidst this world's persecutions and God's consolations." 180 Here below she knows that she is in exile far from the Lord, and longs for the full coming of the Kingdom, when she will "be united in glory with her king." 181 The Church, and through her the world, will not be perfected in glory without great trials. Only then will "all the just from the time of Adam, 'from Abel, the just one, to the last of the elect,' . . . be gathered together in the universal Church in the Father's presence." 182


179 LG 48.

180 St. Augustine, De civ. Dei, 18, 51: PL 41, 614; Cf. LG 8.

181 LG 5; cf. 6; 2 Cor 5:6.

182 LG 2.

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