Catholic History

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Catholicism: Delving into the Holy See

Mover of nations, maker of kings, director of souls—the Catholic Church looms large on the world stage, as well as in the religious world. The sheer enormity of the Church's presence, the length of its history and the depth of its theology can intimidate the scholarly and the religious neophyte alike. But this ancient faith has entered the 21st century with gusto, maintaining an impressive presence online to help you research, explore and interact with Catholicism.
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Catholic History

Though Catholicism's basic tenets are the same as those of other Christian sects, its 2,000-year history of dogma, discussion and writings distinguish it from other forms of Christianity. Explore Catholic history with the sites below.

Insights for Catholic History

  • These sites are primarily evangelical, and don't take an unbiased stance toward the Catholic faith. Regardless, they contain a wealth of information on Catholicism. Keep in mind their respective biases while taking advantage of the education they offer.
  • Many of the Catholic Web sites you'll encounter are apologetics: systematic defenses of and education about the faith. Though these are intended to convince, they can nevertheless be well researched and argued, and quite informative.

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Catholic Beliefs and Practices

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Catholic News

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Catholic Community

Although widely dispersed around the world, the immense and diverse Catholic ... read more »

Find a Catholic Church

They say you can't throw a stone in Rome without hitting a Catholic church. For those of us ... read more »

Volunteer With the Catholic Church

The Catholic Church is not only a religious organization, it is also one of the largest charity and ... read more »

Catholic Blogs

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