Catholicism is the oldest and the largest of the Christian denomination and has become one of the world's most practised faiths, and this book provides an insight into the origins and history at the root of the Catholic belief system. The first part, Catholic History, shows how eventful and complex and exciting the story of the Church has been. Beginning with the life of Jesus Christ, the key events in the Christian story are retold. Subsequent periods of consolidation and transformation are discussed, such as the foundation of Monastic orders. The second part, Catholic Doctrine, looks at the various teachings that constitute Catholic beliefs, from the Trinity and transubstantiation to the significance of the saints, and the Church's teachings are examined here. Illustrated with more than 300 photographs and fine-art paintings, this comprehensive book offers a factual account of the Church's theology, rituals and achievements.
Mary Frances Budzik has written and contributed to many books, including Sacred Places (National Geographic). She holds a BA in English Literature from Boston College, one of America's premier Jesuit universities and an MA in English Literature from Columbia University.
Michael Kerrigan’s publications include Greece and the Mediterranean and A History of Death. He also contributed to World Religions: A History of Faith.
Consultant Reverend Ronald Creighton-Jobe is an Oratorian Father at the London Oratory Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.