This is a comprehensive account of the history, philosophy and practice of Catholic Christianity and a guide to the most significant saints. It is an extensive overview of Catholicism's rich history, beginning with the life of Christ and the Apostles through the medieval period until modern times. It describes the significance and traditions of Catholic ritual, with a guide to important festivals and holy days. It examines the life and work of hundreds of saints, with information about their feast days and patronage. With its spiritual, cultural and historical heritage, spanning over 2000 years, the Catholic religion has an incredible influence across the globe and a special place in the hearts and minds of millions. This comprehensive book provides a detailed insight into the world of Catholicism as well as featuring a visual encyclopedia of over 500 saints. The book opens with a wide-ranging survey of Catholic history. The second section on Catholic doctrine looks at the principles of Catholic belief and practice. Finally, a section on saints and sainthood tells the story of 500 saints. Lavishly illustrated, this book offers an insightful guide to a complex and rich religion.
Tessa Paul is a researcher on European cultural and religious history, who has written extensively on Christian art. Consultant Reverend Ronald Creighton-Jobe is an Oratorian Father at the Brompton Oratory, London.