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Overview of the Catholic Church

            The Catholic religion is a monotheistic religion that is very similar in many ways to Judaism and several of the other Christian religions. Monotheistic means believing in only one God.Catholics believe in God and the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. Catholicism beliefs in Jesus, God and the Trinity. The most important rituals are Baptism, Holy Communion, Confirmation and Marriage.
             Easter is more important to Catholics than Christmas. Easter is around the time of the year of Christ's resurrection. Catholics believe that when Christ rose from the dead he brought the invitation for all too someday rise with him. Easter weekend is celebrated as a holy weekend as the catholic salvation, basically Christ's teachings and the example of the way he lived is a fundamental law for all Catholics to follow. Catholics believe that by Christ's death, all Catholics, upon death, will live for eternity with a god himself. Good Friday is observed in remembrance of Jesus' execution by the occupying Roman army, and his burial in a cave-tomb. Easter Sunday is the date when a group of his female followers first noticed the empty tomb, and concluded that he had either been resurrected, or his body had been stolen.
             The Pope is the head of the Catholic Church and Catholic religion. Next there are Cardinals, in Latin cardinal means hinge; the Cardinals are the advisers to the Pope, who have their perspective territory or region of the world. The Pope is the Bishop of Rome and is known as the Holy Father of the church, he is also referred to as the Victor of Christ. The role of the Pope is to oversee the entire Catholic Church, obviously that is too much of a job for one specific person; therefore the job is delegated down to Cardinals and Bishops. The Pope also protects the truths of the Catholic Faith. Peter is believed to be the first Pope of the Catholic Church followed by another and so on. At one point there was some conflict between the Church and the person appointed to the Pope position, so there were actually two Popes.

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