The Catholic Church, also known as the Roman Catholic Church, is the largest Christian church, with 1.3 billion baptised Catholics worldwide as of 2019.   As the world's oldest and largest continuously functioning international institution,  it has played a prominent role in the history and development of Western civilisation. 
According to Catholic tradition, the Catholic Church was founded by Jesus Christ.  The New Testament records Jesus' activities and teaching, his appointment of the twelve Apostles, and his instructions to them to continue his work.
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Like other Christians, Catholics believe Jesus is a divine person, the Son of God. They believe that because of his love for all people, he died so that all people will live forever in heaven. The Catholic Church also recognizes the Trinity; that the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are together the only God.
The leader of the Roman Catholic Church is called the Pope, which literally means "father". Catholics say Jesus Christ established the Catholic Church, and appointed the first Pope, a disciple of his named Saint Peter, to lead all Christians. Over the last 2,000 years, different Popes have led the church. The current Pope is the 266th and is called...
Some of the traditional practices of Roman Catholics carried out each time they pray at home or at Church include making the sign of the cross, kneeling, and bowing. Their main ceremony is the Mass. Catholics are normally required to go to amass on Sundays and on Holy Days of Obligation. In the United States, the Holy Days of Obligation are: Mary, ...
The Catholic Church celebrates seven sacraments. A sacrament is "an outward sign instituted (started) by Christ to give grace" (a supernatural gift of God that someone did nothing to deserve). The seven sacraments are: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders and Holy Matrimony (marriage). The Holy Euchar...
Catholics, like many Christians, accept the Nicene Creed, a combination of the Council of Nicaea (AD 325) and the later Council of Constantinople(AD 382) as true. It is as follows: Eastern Orthodox and Protestants believe many of the same things. They sometime disagree on the role of the Virgin Mary and other saints, on what a priestcan do, and on ...
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The Catholic Church is "the Catholic Communion of Churches, both Roman and Eastern, or Oriental, that are in full communion with the Bishop of Rome (the pope)."  The church is also known by members as the People of God, the Body of Christ, the "Temple of the Holy Spirit", among other names. CountryTotal Population% CatholicCatholic TotalAfghanistan ( details )29,928,9870.0003%200 Albania ( details )3,020,00010% 302,000Algeria ( details )32,531,8530.14% 45,000Andorra ( details )70,00088.2% 61,740
the catholic church has been the driving force behind some of the major events of world history including the christianization of western and central europe and latin america, the spreading of literacy and the foundation of the universities, hospitals, the western tradition of monasticism, the development of art and music, literature, …
The hierarchy of the Catholic Church consists of its bishops, priests, and deacons.   In the ecclesiological sense of the term, "hierarchy" strictly means the "holy ordering" of the Church, the Body of Christ, so to respect the diversity of gifts and ministries necessary for genuine unity ( 1 Cor 12 ).