Differences between Catholicism and Christianity

Christianity is a religion based on the basic premises relating to Jesus of Nazareth who is considered the Son of God.  Catholicism is a subset of Christianity. All Catholics are Christians. But not all Christians are Catholics. A Christian refers to a follower of Jesus Christ who may be a Catholic, Presbyterian, Protestant, Methodist, Baptist, Lutheran, Gnostic, Mormon, Evangelical, Anglican, or Orthodox. A Catholic refers to a Christian who follows the Catholic religion as transmitted through the succession of Popes, leader of the Catholic Church, of Rome and the Vatican Empire across history. The Catholic Church is the largest of the Christian Churches – about sixty percent of Christians are Catholics. The question should be “What are the differences between...

The Life of Pope Francis

Pope Francis was elected Pope on March 13 2013. From the moment he became Pope the 76 year old Francis, made it clear he would do things a little differently. Firstly, he chose the name Francis in honor of st. Francis of Assisi, the beloved saint who loved animals and the poor. He vowed to always help the poor and live a simple life, even now as the Pope. Most Popes sit on a throne after becoming Pope. But not Francis. He chose to remain seated with the cardinals after becoming Pope. After the ceremony, he rode in the same minivan as the other cardinals instead of riding his own special car like most new Popes. He then retired to the small Papal guest house, and not the Papal mansion. He also continues to cook his own meals, more firsts from a new Pope! “My...

4 Fascinating Catholic Popes You May Not Have Known About

1. Pope Sylvester I was the head of the Church from the year 314 AD to his death in December 31, 315 AD. Pope Sylvester is notable because he was the Pope during the rule of Emperor Constantine, the first Christian Emperor. Ironically, in spite of his ruling the Church during a very significant time in it’s history, very little is known of him, outside of legend and folk tales. Perhaps for this reason, it’s quite fitting he be the first Pope on this list, as details of his life are very obscure and sketchy, at best. A very famous legend of Pope Sylvester and Constantine says that he cured the Emperor of leprosy via administration of Holy Water. A very grateful Constantine confirms the bishop of Rome as the primate above all other bishops, and abandons...

Five Catholic Saints You Should Know About

When we think of saints, the thoughts that usually come to mind are those of reverent individuals huddled together in prayer.  And while some of the people on this list do fit that mold, some go completely against it.  As you’ll see in the list, they are so different from the norm, at first glance they don’t even seem like saints.  But with closer inspection, they do show traits of Holiness worthy of sainthood. Once you’ve read the list, I’m sure you’ll agree, even the more famous saints on this list will surprise you.  So without further ado here is a list of 5 Catholic Saints you should know about.   1.  The Apostle Paul.  First on the list is St. Paul. It is widely known, but largely taken for granted, that Paul is the...

Upcoming Bible Conferences in 2014

Nowadays, it is common to hear about Bible Conferences held all over the world.  A Bible conference is a series of meetings in a local congregation where visiting ministers discusses various topics such as doctrines, ethics and character.  It is called as such because speakers present their materials and use the Bible as their reference. Two of the most notable and charismatic speakers Jeff Cavin and Thomas Smith will hold Bible Conferences in the United Stated and in other countries slated for the last quarter of 2013 through 2014.  Their extensive knowledge of the Bible acquired through education and their profound experiences as Catholics have made them valuable speakers. Jeff Cavins is known internationally as an effective and engaging speaker.  He clearly...

Christian Youth Activities

In order to spread their message, churches all over the world have formed Christian youth groups. A major part of establishing Christian ideals in today’s youth is getting them to open up about themselves and to others. A way to do is through group games. Here are several group activities that serve to break the ice at meetings.  Crossing The Line:  Place something to act as a line on the ground or simply have the players imagine it. Ask the players a series of questions. Samples of questions include; who has traveled out of state for vacation last year, who has a favorite bible verse to share, and who has been on a roller coaster. Those who answer yes to the question cross the line. After a predetermined number of people have crossed the line have them sit in a...

What is the Cursillo movement in Christianity?

Cursillos in Christianity are also known in Spanish as “Cursillos de Cristianidad” which literally translates to  short course of Christianity.  The Cursillo is an apostolic movement of the Roman Catholic Church, founded in Majorica, Spain by a group of laymen in 1944. The group was refining techniques on how to train Christian leaders and through this, the Cursillo movement was born. Since then the Cursillo has been developed as a three day movement, and has since then been licensed for use by several mainstream Christian denominations. Many of them have retained the trademarked “Cursillo” name while others, have labelled it differently, but the techniques and approaches to training Christians in the three days are essentially the same. The Cursillo over a...