Many people believe that Ireland is, in some official way, a Catholic country. 90% of people stated that they were Catholic in the 2006 census; several months earlier found that just 72% of people believe there is a God. There was a religious war between Northern and Southern Ireland. However, it was never a struggle between communities with diverse histories and cultures. Being Catholic is when you gain eternal life by following Christ in conformity with the Law of God and in practicing the essentials for living a Christian life. Did you know that there are 1.2billion members worldwide? The Church teaches that it is the one true Church divinely founded by Jesus Christ.
To be a Catholic means to be a certain kind of Christian, one with unique beliefs, practices and traditions that is distinct from those of other Christians. Catholicism traces its history to the apostles, the Apostle Peter. St. Peter is considered the first pope, and every pope since him is regarded as his spiritual successor. Roman Catholics believe that Mary, the mother of Jesus, remained a virgin after the birth of Jesus and was sinless all of her life. She is worshiped in the Catholic church as the “Mother of God” and the “Queen of Heaven.”