10 Facts About the Catholic Church That Will Fascinate You
1. The highest crime rate in the world is found in Vatican City. With a population of about 500 people and a little over one crime per day, the Vatican crime rate is more 100 per cent, per capita. Although the fact is startling it should be remembered that the Vatican is about one square mile in size, and has nearly 20 million new comers annualy. Majority of the crimes are pickpockets, purse snatching and other inconsiderable offences done by outsiders.
2. The Catholic Church is made up of more than just the Roman Catholic Church. There are 22 Eastern Rites that are in full communion with Rome and in as much as they go by different names, they are every bit as much a part of the Catholic Church.
3. The ONLY Christian church in existence for the first 1,000 years of Christian history was the Roman Catholic Church. All other Christian churches which exist today can trace their lineage back to the Roman Catholic Church. Most non-Catholic churches which exist today are less than a century or two old by comparison.
4. Johannes Gutenberg, the inventor of the printing press, was Catholic and the first book ever printed was the Catholic Bible.
5. The Catholic Church is solely suitable for the composition of the Bible, which books are included, as well as the breakup of the chapters and verses. Protestants have taken away some books of the Bible because some of the verses were not in agreement with their theology. Martin Luther was a prime offender with respect to this, removing Tobit, Judith, 1 and 2 Maccabees, Wisdom, Sirach, and Baruch. He also made an effort to take away James and Revelations, but this was not accepted by his followers and those two books were kept. Catholics are often accused of “inputting” the books, but despite this familiar belief, it is false. Older, pre-Protestant, Catholic translations of the Bible include them.
6. How many saints are realized by the Catholic Church? There does not seem to be an official number, but it exceeds 10,000. Of course, any person who enters heaven is a saint, by definition, so it is certain the number of actual saints in existence is much greater than the number acknowledged by the Church.
7. Any Catholic may execute an emergency baptism, such as if a person is in grave danger of death. In such a case, the originality of the baptism only depends upon the wishes of the person being baptized, that they desire the baptism. There are definite guidelines for such routines that Catholics should adhere to. Anyone wishing to be ready for such a case should refer to the catechism for a deeper comprehension of this allowance. Usually, such practices ought to be left to trained clergy.
8. About 15 percent of all hospitals in the United States are Catholic hospitals. In some parts of the world, the Catholic Church provides the only healthcare, education and social services available to people.
9. The Pope is protected by the Swiss Papal Guard. Wearing uniforms designed by Michelangelo and commonly armed with halberds, they are capable of using heavier weapons if needed. Each member is Catholic, male, and Swiss, and must complete military training in Switzerland. They must show good conduct and be at least five-foot-eight in height. Those who are selected are given a private audience with the pope along with their families. In outermost circumstances, they are considered to guard the Holy Father with their lives. The Swiss Papal Guard is the oldest active military unit in continual existence since 1506.
10. The Catholic Church consumes more money than Apple supplys. Disbursement by the Catholic Church, largely on charity, exceeded $170 billion in 2012, according to The Economist magazine. In that same year, Apple took in $157 billion in turnover.