Lumen Gentium (Vatican II Document on the Church)


By: Decrees of the Ecumenical Councils, ed. Norman P. Tanner, S.J., Vol. II

Lumen Gentium-Vatican II Document on the Church, #16 selection (English)

16. Finally, those who have not yet accepted the gospel are related to the people of God in various ways.18 In the first place, there is that people to whom the testaments and promises were given and from whom Christ was born according to the flesh (see Rm 9, 4-5), a people according to their election most dear because of their ancestors; for God never goes back on his gifts and his calling (see Rm 11, 28-29). But the plan of salvation also embraces those who acknowledge the Creator, and among these the Moslems are first; they profess to hold the faith of Abraham and along with us they worship the one merciful God who will judge humanity on the last day.

Lumen Gentium-Vatican II Document on the Church, #16 selection (Latin)

16. Ii tandem qui evangelium nondum acceperunt, ad populum Dei diversis rationibus ordinantur.18 In primis quidem populus ille cui data fuerunt testamenta et promissa et ex quo Christus ortus est secundum carnem (cf. Rm 9, 4-5), populus secundum electionem carissimus propter patres: sine poenitentia enim sunt dona et vocatio Dei (cf. Rm 11, 28-29). Sed propositum salutis et eos amplectitur, qui creatorem agnoscunt, inter quos imprimis Musulmanos, qui fidem Abrahae se tenere profitentes, 20 nobiscum Deum adorant unicum, misericordem, homines die novissimo iudicaturum.

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