The body and soul

Catholics believe that each human is made of the body and the soul. These are the two parts which make one whole person.

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The unity of soul and body is so profound that one has to consider the soul to be the "form" of the body: i.e., it is because of its spiritual soul that the body made of matter becomes a living, human body; spirit and matter, in man, are not two natures united, but rather their union forms a single nature.Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) 365

The main distinction between the body and soul is that the body is mortal and the soul is immortal.

This means that the body is finite, and at death the body ceases to exist.

Catholics believe that the soul will live on after death and go on to the afterlife.

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The soul is often described as the spiritual aspect of a human.