Q. 1. What is a Paraclete? In John 14:16, Jesus speaks of sending another advocate or paraclete.
A. 1. The word "Paraclete" or "Comforter" is synonym to the words "advocate", "intercessor", "teacher" and "helper."
According to Saint John, the mission of the Paraclete is to abide with the disciples after Jesus has withdrawn His visible presence from them; to inwardly bring home to them the teaching externally given by Christ and thus to stand as a witness to the doctrine and work of the Saviour. There is no reason for limiting to the Apostles themselves the comforting influence of the Paraclete as promised in the Gospels (Matthew 10:19; Mark 13:11; Luke 12:11, 21:14) and described in Acts 2. In the above declaration of Christ, Cardinal Manning rightly sees a new dispensation, that of the Spirit of God, the "Sanctifier." The Paraclete comforts the Church by guaranteeing her inerrancy and fostering her sanctity. He comforts each individual soul in many ways. [Source: Catholic Encyclopedia.]