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The Essential Catholic Handbook – Redemptorist Pastoral


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  • Paperback : 304 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0892439106
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0892439102
  • Product Dimensions : 18.72 x 13.08 x 1.6 cm
  • Publisher : Redemptori; Rev&Expand Edition (1 Dec. 2005)
  • Language: : English
  • Book Condition: Used – Very Good

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The Essential Catholic Handbook

The Essential Catholic Handbook is an invaluable reference guide to the Roman Catholic Church, which sets out in a clear and accessible way what it means to be Catholic today. Therefore, the basic tenets of faith are outlined, with full cross-referencing to the Catechism of the Catholic Church. A summary of social teaching presents a vigorous challenge to living an authentically Catholic lifestyle in today’s world. A comprehensive dictionary provides the definitions of Catholic topics and terminology and a month-by-month calendar of saints. Source: Publisher


What is Catholicism?

Generally speaking, Catholicism refers to the traditions, beliefs, liturgy, morality, and spirituality of the Catholic Churches, both west and east, in full communion with the Holy See.

In fact, Catholics account for more than 17% of the world’s population. They number more than 1.1 billion in 2012.

Catholics believe that Jesus is a descendant from David, a Jewish king from a long time ago. That’s why they think he is the Son of God. Catholics believe Jesus to be a descendant of David.

Roman authorities crucified Jesus in 33 AD. Catholics and Christians believe he rose from the dead and communicated with his disciples, called the Twelve Apostles. Furthermore, they also believe that Jesus ascended to Heaven and then his followers received the Holy Spirit.

In addition, in the Catholic Church, popes are the leaders whose name derives from the Latin word of “father.” Nowadays, Pope Francis serves as head of the church.

Moreover, it is common to refer to Catholicism as a religion; its leader is called the “Bishop of Rome” and often known as the “Pope”.

In addition to the Catholic Church, there are many other Christian churches, including Eastern Orthodox Churches, which hold many beliefs similar to the Catholic Church, but do not believe the Bishop of Rome is their leader.

Check Catechism of the Catholic Church: Complete and Updated


Catechism of the Catholic Church: Complete and Updated