Catholic religion


#1

I am wondering when was the word catholic used by the early Christians.

Thanks,

Jess


#2

The word Catholic was first used by St. Ignatius of Antioch in a letter to Catholics in the City of Smyrna (around 110A.D.).

"Where there is Christ Jesus, there is the Catholic Church"
St. Ignatius of Antioch, Ad Smyrn. 8,2:Apostolic Fathers,II/2,311 *Catechism of the Catholic Church * ref 830, note 307.


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