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Roman Catholic Churches
The Roman Catholic Church and it's churches comprise the largest body of
Christians in the world. It has about 1 billion members.
The majority of Roman Catholic churches can be found in Europe,
North America, and South America, but the number of the Catholic
churches in Africa and Asia is steadily growing.
Roman Catholic churches trace their beginnings to around A.D. 30.
Roman Catholics believe that Christ was crucified then rose from the dead.
They believe Christ sent and instructed His apostles to establish The Church.
The Pope, also referred to as the Bishop of Rome, serves as the head of the
Roman Catholic Church. The Pope oversees the church from Vatican City.
Other bishops under the Pope oversee local churches around the world.
Throughout history, the Roman Catholic Church has greatly influenced world
events. Specifically, in the Middle Ages, Catholic churches had
great political power in Western Europe. The church's monasteries were
the focal points of learning. The churches also kept the heritage of the Greek
and Roman cultures in tact. In the 1500's and 1600's, Catholic missionaries
traveled to Africa, Asia, and the Americas, to establish churches.
Data for this article was researched from Boston College
and work by Robert P. Imbelli, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Theology