A comprehensive and definitive guide to the Catholic faith Whether you're a member of the faith or just interested in it, Catholicism For Dummies, 3rd Edition offers a casual, straightforward introduction to the ins and outs of the contemporary church. It explores the moral foundations of Catholicism and explains such sacraments as weddings, Baptisms, funerals, Confirmations, and First Communions. It also covers the basics of Catholic belief, including the story of creation, the origin of sin, and even the end of the world. New to this edition, the book covers the succession of Pope Francis, the "People's Pope," whose message of reconciliation among religions and focus on social issues like poverty and inequality have made him immensely popular, even among non-Catholics. Explains where the church and the Pope stand on important moral and social issues Covers modern questions of moral importance to Catholics, like gay marriage, abortion, and the death penalty Reveals what modern life is like in the priesthood Written by the co-hosts of the popular weekly television program "Crash Course of Catholicism" In this accessible guide, you'll take a full and rich look at this diverse and vibrant religion and understand what it is to be a Catholic today.
Rev. John Trigilio Jr., PhD, ThD, is President of the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy and is Executive Editor of Sapienta magazine. Rev. Kenneth Brighenti, PhD, has served on the Board of the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy and is a former U.S. Naval Reserve chaplain. Fathers Trigilio and Brighenti are also coauthors of Catholicism All-in-One For Dummies.
Discover the foundations of the Catholic faith Know where the Church stands on important issues Explore Pope Francis's global popularity What's it like to be Catholic today? About one-fifth of the world's population is Catholic. Whether you are among them, are planning to be, or are simply curious about one of the world's largest religions, this book is packed with information that will deepen your understanding. You'll discover the history, foundation, practice, and perspective of what it means to be Catholic. No matter why you chose this book, you'll find answers to some of your biggest questions about the Catholic faith. Inside … What Catholics believe How the Church is structured The sacred rite of the Mass Details about the sacraments How body and soul play a part Important rules of the Church Ways to grow in faith Ten popular saints
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