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The Holy Spirit depicted as a dove in the stained glass window behind the Cathedra Petri in St. Peter's Basilica, Rome.

The Holy Spirit (Hebrew: רוח הקודש, Rūakh HaQōdesh; Greek: Άγιον Πνεύμα, Agion Pneuma; Latin: Spiritus Sanctus; also called the Holy Ghost) is the Third consubstantial Person of the Holy Trinity or the Godhead, in Christian religions which trace their roots to belief in Christ and abide by the Nicene Creed.

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Christians with a definitional basis in the Nicene Creed view the Holy Spirit as God himself or the Breath of God, a form of God, or a manifestation of God. Other Christians which do not rely on the Nicene Creed believe the Holy Spirit to be one of three main entities (including God the Father and Jesus Christ). The word "Spirit" commonly translates the Greek New Testament word πνεύμα, pneuma. It is important to remember that Scripture on the Holy Spirit can be viewed by different sects of Christians in different ways. In Christianity, following the New Testament, the Holy Spirit is the One who guides a person to correctly interpret the word of God and He helps each person reach new levels of understanding. Since He knows each person perfectly and it is understood that people think differently, He can transfer information to people in ways that they would comprehend it (Acts 2:7 ). The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God and the unity of the Trinity.

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