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Catholicism All-In-One For Dummies

Grasp the beliefs and practices about one of the world's oldest religions Catholicism All-In-One For Dummies is your all-inclusive guide to the Catholic Church and its billions of followers. You'll learn how Catholicism came to be, how it's practiced, and where it stands socially and politically as you explore the rich history and diverse culture surrounding this major religion. Clear, friendly writing takes you inside a mass to understand what happens there, and walks you through a tour of the saints, holidays, the Bible, and the Vatican. Special coverage includes the role of women in the Church and in the Bible, and the tremendous popularity of Pope Francis, who has quickly become one of the Vatican's most-loved leaders. You'll dive into the beliefs and practices of Catholicism and get answers to the most common, confusing, controversial, and worrisome questions. Catholicism is quickly expanding beyond its 1.2 billion followers, with growing numbers of priests and new baptisms every year. Attendance at papal events has tripled to 6.6 million since Pope Francis' election in 2013, and Catholicism has become the largest religious denomination on the planet by a wide margin. This book explains what makes Catholicism so alluring, giving you insight into the religion and everything it entails. Discover the complicated history of the Catholic church Understand what goes on at mass, and why Learn where the Church stands on important issues Explore Pope Francis's unprecedented popularity across cultures The Catholic Church has been reinvigorated and revitalized with the enthusiasm surrounding Pope Francis, and his openness to the world and everyone in it. If your curiosity has been piqued, Catholicism All-In-One For Dummies is the ideal guide to learning what it's all about.
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Introduction 1 Book I: What Do Catholics Believe? 5 Chapter 1: What It Means to Be Catholic 7 Chapter 2: Having Faith in God's Revealed Word 27 Chapter 3: In the Beginning: Catholic Teachings on Creation and Original Sin 43 Chapter 4: Believing in Jesus 53 Chapter 5: Who's Who in Catholic Practice 71 Chapter 6: The Liturgical Year 97 Book II: Walking the Catholic Walk 117 Chapter 1: Worshipping Catholic Style 119 Chapter 2: The Sacraments of Service and Healing 145 Chapter 3: Obeying the Rules: Catholic Law 165 Chapter 4: Loving and Honoring: The Ten Commandments 177 Chapter 5: Being Good When Sinning Is So Easy 193 Chapter 6: Standing Firm: The Church's Stance on Some Sticky Issues 209 Book III: Catholic Mass 233 Chapter 1: Understanding Mass and Its Foundations 235 Chapter 2: Ordinary Form of the Mass 265 Chapter 3: Extraordinary Form: Traditional Latin Mass 287 Chapter 4: The Tools of the Catholic Mass 319 Chapter 5: The Look and Sound of Mass: Architecture, Art, and Music 345 Book IV: Saints and Other Important Figures 365 Chapter 1: Understanding Sainthood, Angels, and the Blessed Virgin 367 Chapter 2: Starting at the Beginning: Apostles and Evangelists 387 Chapter 3: Looking at Undecayed Saints (Incorruptibles) 403 Chapter 4: Holy Martyrs 417 Chapter 5: Founding Fathers and Mothers 435 Chapter 6: Saintly Pastors 447 Chapter 7: Women in the Bible: Six Impactful Ladies 467 Book V: All About the Pope 505 Chapter 1: How the Pope Becomes Pope, and What Happens Next 507 Chapter 2: John Paul II: A Man for All Seasons 519 Chapter 3: Pope Francis 543 Chapter 4: One Last Promotion: Popes Who Became Saints 555 Index 583

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