That’s the numbers of popes going back to the first, St. Peter, who was appointed by Jesus Christ.
I find it mind boggling to think about the formation of the Catholic church 2000+ years ago.
Communist dictators rose and fell.
New worlds were discovered.
Wars were fought.
And the Catholic Church lived on.
Granted, the devil has infiltrated our church as evidenced by the abuse scandal.
But with faith, prayer, and God’s help, I believe Catholicism will defeat the devil in our midst. And the Catholic church will continue … stronger than ever.
This week’s issue of Genuflect features the formation of the Catholic church, the role of the pope, and our current Holy Father, Pope Francis.
Every Christian believes that Jesus Christ established and sustains a community of faith, hope and love for all believers. This community we call His Church. The Church that Christ founded is the Catholic Church which has a formal earthly structure established by Christ and which continues under His authority and protection.
This feast brings to mind the mission of teacher and pastor conferred by Christ on Peter, and continued in an unbroken line down to the present Pope. Read more ,,,
There are so many things worthy of mention, but one of the coolest parts about being Catholic has to be the Tradition. We’re a Church built on a 2,000 year old foundation, y’all – with Christ, Himself, as our Founder and “cornerstone.” Here are some interesting facts about the papacy.
When cardinal electors gather in the Sistine Chapel to choose a new pope, they follow a millennium-old tradition in the Catholic Church that has been modified over the centuries. In fact, the process has undergone nearly as many changes as the church itself.
The first Pope of the Americas Jorge Mario Bergoglio hails from Argentina. The 76-year-old Jesuit Archbishop of Buenos Aires is a prominent figure throughout the continent, yet remains a simple pastor who is deeply loved by his diocese, throughout which he has travelled extensively on the underground and by bus during the 15 years of his episcopal ministry. Read his official biography.
Pope Francis’ packed agenda for 2019 includes Apostolic Journeys to the UAE, Panama, Morocco, Bulgaria, and Macedonia, alongside a Vatican summit on sexual abuse, a Synod on the Amazon Basin, and continued reform of the Roman Curia.
Planning a trip to Rome and want to see the Pope? Here’s how. And be sure to check the Pope’s schedule to make sure he’ll be in town.
The bishop of Rome is the universal pastor of the whole Church. He’s also traditionally called the Servant of the Servants of God. Which means you can feel free to try to contact him! Combined with the fact that he’s known to respond to people personally, sometimes even calling them up on the phone, you may be wondering how you can contact him. Here’s how to go about contacting the Vicar of Christ.
After Fidel Castro gained power in Cuba in 1959, he spent the next decade slowly imposing socialism on the country, including state atheism. In 1969, he banned the celebration of Christmas. Read the amazing story of how one pope succeeded in getting the Christmas celebration reinstated in Cuba in 1998.
Every pope since the 12th century has kept this heraldic tradition going. What is heraldry and how did it come about?
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