This new series offers a vivid, practical discussion of the world's major religions. Each book in the series examines the origins of a specific religion, its core beliefs, important rituals or customs and their meanings, holidays, and contemporary changes and challenges. Thorough indexes and full-color photographs enhance all volumes in this series. The largest of the Christian denominations, the Roman Catholic Church has been a powerful force in world events and individual lives for thousands of years. Catholicism strives to embrace the world; its very name comes from the Greek term for "universal," celebrating the oneness of God and the wholeness of the church.Adam Woog is the author of 'What Makes Me A Catholic', published 2004 under ISBN 9780737722680 and ISBN 0737722681.