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Grasp the beliefs and practices about one of the world's oldest religions

Catholicism All-in-One for Dummies is your all-inclusive guide to the Catholic Church and its billions of followers. You'll learn how Catholicism came to be, how it's practiced, and where it stands socially and politically as you explore the rich history and diverse culture surrounding this major religion. Clear, friendly writing takes you inside a mass to understand what happens there, and walks you through a tour of the saints, holidays, the Bible, and the Vatican. Special coverage includes the role of women in the Church and in the Bible, and the tremendous popularity of Pope Francis, who has quickly become one of the Vatican's most-loved leaders. You'll dive into the beliefs and practices of Catholicism and get answers to the most common, confusing, controversial, and worrisome questions.

Catholicism is quickly expanding beyond its 1.2 billion followers, with growing numbers of priests and new baptisms every year. Attendance at papal events has tripled to 6.6 million since Pope Francis' election in 2013, and Catholicism has become the largest religious denomination on the planet by a wide margin. This audiobook explains what makes Catholicism so alluring, giving you insight into the religion and everything it entails.

©2015 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (P)2019 Tantor

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Informative

For a non-catholic this book has been very informative. It answers questions I have had since being in high school with friends who are catholic. I wish I had been born catholic. Easy to understand. Narrator is easy to listen to. Very respectable religion.

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The content was extensive, but the narrator's voice was somewhat annoying. At times it became a distraction.

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Thorough Overview with detailed Chapter titles in

impressive Work , especially audible version which I bought has the chapter titles very descriptive all the way through so you can look up specific saints or parts of the mass or other parts of Catholicism. Nice job

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  • Simon James Pook
  • 04-11-20

so boring

I struggled to get halfway it was like someone reading out a list of rules and regulations. I had hoped for an explanation (a sensible one at least) but nothing doing.

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  • That Man
  • 04-21-22

Villanelle was right: this was BORING!!

I felt sorry for the narrator. I'd listened to him reading 'The Bible for Dummies', and enjoyed it. He caught the humour and relayed it competently. However, with this work, I felt nothin0g but irritation. It was swamped by interminable lists, of rules and regulations, of saints, of popes, of colours of vestments ... yawn ...

I thought, at one point, that it might make a good primer for some poor sucker wanting to convert to Catholicism, or for a pupil studying for a UK GCSE in Religion at a Catholic school, but then I wondered if they might be asleep if they'd managed to make it past the first few pages. My personal entry into this title, at the age of 63, having been brought up as a child in a rabid Roman Catholic setting, and lapsed when I was 15, was a mature wish to enlighten myself about the Abrahamic faiths. I warmed as I listened to the descriptions of Judaism and the Torah, but this attempt to describe Catholicism left me cold. I was transported straight back to memories of parish priests in black suits, with the faint, but tell-tale odour of stale, unwashed clothes, booze and fags, which was re-enforced when I looked back and checked the authors - all reverends in the institution.

It would have been more enlightened on the part of Wiley to have enlisted the efforts of one or two lay Catholics, to give their views of real life, post Vatican II, on the Pill; LGBT, politics, etc, from an RC perspective. There was a token section on Pope Francis, but I think the whole work needs to be re-written. In fact, I've realised that, in the way this title has been offered as an 'all-in-one' publication of 5 'books', it reflects the Church's bungling efforts over time to cobble together the canon of gospels ...

If you're on the way in, go for it; if you're looking for an objective account of Catholicism (in the context of the Abrahamic faiths), this is not the book for you.

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  • Jo
  • 11-23-20

All Your Questions Answered.

Answers just about everything you ever wanted to know. The chapters are clearly labeled so you can pick and choose what you want to listen to. The content is engaging and informative, not to mention reasonably up to date. The narrator is a perfect balance. Perfect pace, perfect elocution and no background noise such as loud breathing etc. All in all, a great book without fault. You won't be sorry you bought it.