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Community, especially the Christian community, viewed as "the whole group of believers . . . united, heart and soul" (Acts 4:32). It is the body of the faithful bound together by a common faith in Christ, common worship, and common allegiance to the Church's divinely established authority. The closer these bonds of unity, the more intimate the fellowship.