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  1. Catholic (from Greek: καθολικός, romanized: katholikos, lit. 'universal') was first used to describe the church in the early 2nd century. The first known use of the phrase "the catholic church" (Greek: καθολικὴ ἐκκλησία, romanized: he katholike ekklesia) occurred in the letter written about 110 AD from Saint Ignatius of Antioch to the Smyrnaeans.

  2. From the 17th century, "Roman Catholic Church" has been used as a synonym for the Catholic Church by some Anglicans and other Protestants in English-speaking countries. Formulations such as the "Holy Roman Church" or the "Roman Catholic Church" have occurred by officials of the Catholic Church before and after the Reformation.

  3. 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.

  4. They assert that the question of the canonicity of the Bible can be simply stated as follows: either the infallible Roman Catholic Church has absolute authority to decide the issue, or we are in absolute chaos in attempting to define the limits of the canon.

  5. Roman Catholicism, Christian church that has been the decisive spiritual force in the history of Western civilization. Along with Eastern Orthodoxy and Protestantism, it is one of the three major branches of Christianity. Learn about the history, doctrines, and influence of the Roman Catholic Church.

  6. The Roman Catholic church is the largest cult in the world and most preachers will not openly say so because it is so large. For Catholics who read this--if you will only believe the holy scriptures--the Bible ( Authorized Version of 1611 )--and nothing else, you can be released from deception today.

  7. Dec 16, 2018 · The Catholic Church is an ancient religious institution boasting over a billion members worldwide. As such, Catholicism is the largest Christian ecclesiastical body in the world. Because of this alone, it is important to have an accurate understanding of the Roman Catholic Church’s history and beliefs.