With its spiritual, cultural and historical heritage spanning over 2000 years, the Catholic religion has an incredible influence across the globe and a special place in the hearts and minds of millions. This comprehensive book provides a detailed insight into the world of Catholicism as well as featuring a visual encyclopedia of its saints. The book opens with a wide-ranging survey of Catholic history. The second section on Catholic doctrine looks at the principles of Catholic belief and practice. Finally, a section on saints and sainthood tells the story of 500 saints. Lavishly illustrated, this book offers an insightful guide to a complex and rich religion.