By Consumer Dummies, John Trigilio Jr., Kenneth Brighenti, James Cafone, Jonathan Toborowsky

ISBN-10: 1119084709

ISBN-13: 9781119084709

Grasp the ideals and practices approximately one of many world's oldest religions

Catholicism All-In-One For Dummies is your all-inclusive advisor to the Catholic Church and its billions of fans. You'll learn the way Catholicism got here to be, how it's practiced, and the place it stands socially and politically as you discover the wealthy background and numerous tradition surrounding this significant faith. transparent, pleasant writing takes you within a mass to appreciate what occurs there, and walks you thru a journey of the saints, vacation trips, the Bible, and the Vatican. exact assurance comprises the function of ladies within the Church and within the Bible, and the great approval for Pope Francis, who has speedy develop into one of many Vatican's most-loved leaders. You'll dive into the ideals and practices of Catholicism and get solutions to the most typical, complicated, arguable, and worrisome questions.

Catholicism is readily increasing past its 1.2 billion fans, with growing to be numbers of clergymen and new baptisms each year. Attendance at papal occasions has tripled to 6.6 million because Pope Francis' election in 2013, and Catholicism has develop into the biggest non secular denomination on this planet by way of a large margin. This booklet explains what makes Catholicism so attractive, supplying you with perception into the faith and every little thing it includes.

• become aware of the complex historical past of the Catholic church
• comprehend what is going on at mass, and why
• study the place the Church stands on vital issues
• discover Pope Francis's unparalleled attractiveness throughout cultures

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As elsewhere throughout Italy in this period, we see a gap growing between the inhabitants of the towns—protected by the communal regime which could enrich itself here much more easily and quickly than in the countryside—and the villani: the mass of country folk, deprived of any real rights, strangers to the refinements of urban culture and despised by the citizens, who mocked their country ways. Moreover, even after Francis had acquired a great reputation for holiness, it seems, according to some testimonies, that he may have been regarded with some suspicion by the peasants whom he encountered, perhaps because he was a typical representative of this bourgeoisie and an urban culture that signified for them economic exploitation and disdain.

But the consuls declared that Francis no longer fell within their jurisdiction. Pietro thus brought his case before the bishop, Guido I. Guido, who was aware of Francis’ spiritual evolution and had counseled him throughout this crisis, asked him to make restitution of the money that his father was claiming, if only because at least some of it seemed likely to have derived from usury. The Church was not allowed to accept such money, even on behalf of the poor or for places of worship. This is that famous scene illustrated by so many painters, especially by Giotto in the upper basilica of Assisi: in front of the bishop’s palace on the piazza of Saint Mary Major, the young man, not content simply to give the money back to his father, strips himself of his clothing and places himself under the protection of the prelate, who wraps his mantle around Francis’ shoulders—to hide his nakedness, it is often said.

The man of God answered: “I am weeping over the Passion of my Lord Jesus Christ. ”25 In spite of everything, this very physical engagement in manual work was for him only a temporary situation; he was looking for something else. It is then that an inspiration occurred, in the course of which his real vocation was revealed. ”26 From that time on, he wore only a poor and course habit, girding his waist with a cord and going out to preach penance and peace. The hagiographers’ accounts about this moment of fundamental intuition are not, however, in agreement.

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