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  2. Catholic Definition & Meaning - Merriam-Webster

    Catholic 2 of 2 noun Cath· o· lic ˈkath-lik ˈka-thə- 1 : a member of a Catholic church especially : roman catholic 2 : a person who belongs to the universal Christian church Synonyms Adjective all-around all-round all-purpose general general-purpose unlimited unqualified unrestricted unspecialized See all Synonyms & Antonyms in Thesaurus

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  4. Catholic (term) - Wikipedia

    The term catholicism is the English form of Late Latin catholicismus, an abstract noun based on the adjective catholic. The Modern Greek equivalent καθολικισμός katholikismos is back-formed and usually refers to the Catholic Church. The terms catholic, catholicism, and catholicity are closely related to the use of the term Catholic Church.

  5. Catholic Church - Wikipedia

    The Catholic Church, also known as the Roman Catholic Church, is the largest Christian church, with 1.3 billion baptized Catholics worldwide as of 2019. [4] [7] It is among the world's oldest and largest international institutions, and has played a prominent role in the history and development of Western civilization .

  6. Catholic Answers

    Honest Answers to Questions About Catholic Faith & Beliefs. Catholic Answers is a media company dedicated to sharing what the Church really teaches, and we are the world’s largest source for reliable information about the Catholic Church’s doctrine, tradition, and beliefs. Find your answers from your favorite media source:

  7. Cath•o•lic (ˈkæθ ə lɪk, ˈkæθ lɪk) adj. 1. of or pertaining to the Roman Catholic Church. 2. of or pertaining to all the modern churches, as the Anglican and the Greek Orthodox, that have kept the apostolic succession of bishops. 3. of or pertaining to the Christian Church that was formerly undivided. n.

  8. What Does Catholic Mean? | Catholic Answers

    By the third century, one out of ten people in the Roman Empire was a Catholic. Just as the word Trinity was appropriated to describe the nature of God, so the term catholicwas appropriated to describe the nature of Christ’s mystical body, the Church. But let’s get back to the history of the word catholic. The first recorded use of the word is found in the writings of Ignatius of Antioch, who was a young man during the time of the apostles and was the second bishop of Antioch following ...

  9. The Catholic Church - History, Beliefs & Traditions of...

    Catholic” literally means “respect for the whole” and, in theological contexts, refers to the universal Church—all Christians who are indeed part of Christ’s Body. Typically, the term was used to describe universally accepted Christian beliefs. “Roman Catholic” refers to a more particular Christian tradition and ecclesiastical body.

  10. Catholic Facts and General Knowledge Light a Virtual Prayer Candle The Chaplet of Divine Mercy A Guide for Confession The Ecumenical Councils and their Chief Doctrines Grace Holy Days of Obligation Indulgences Apostolic Constitution Introduction to Indulgences The Enchiridion of Indulgences The Last Things Explanation of the Mass

  11. What Is Catholicism? - Definition, Beliefs & History -

    Catholicism refers to the traditions, beliefs, and behaviors of the Catholic Church. Explore the definition of Catholicism, the Seven Sacraments believed to have been instituted by Christ,...