According to the CESNUR Center for Studies on New Religions, 85 percent of Italian are Roman Catholics. This is perhaps natural, as Italy serves as the home of the Vatican and papacy itself. However, there are some minority religions which have established a noticeable presence in the country, whether through natural-born citizens or immigration.Know More
As most Italians are Roman Catholic, they believe in the authority of the pope and the primacy of the
Catholic Church over all other Christian denominations. This stems back to Christ's instruction to the apostle Peter to build a single church in his name. Catholics believe that the pope, being a successor of St. Peter, holds the responsibility to keep Christians together in this manner.
Catholics in Italy, and elsewhere, believe in the divinity of Christ as the son of god, his crucifixion and his resurrection. They believe in the three-fold expression of God's presence as sanctified in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Many Catholics believe in the veneration of saints, and they pray for their intercession in specific circumstances. Observant Italian Catholics will also likely follow conservative social doctrines as well, such as the rejection of contraception, abortion and divorce.
During the 2000s, other emergent religions appeared in larger numbers in the Italian census. Among native-born Italians, Jehovah's Witnesses ranked second to Catholics, with almost a half-million adherents. Among immigrants, the most significant denomination is Islam, which has just over one million followers, according to CESNUR Center for Study on New Religions. The Jewish population of Italy, however, remains relatively small, with about 36,000 adherants.Learn more about Christianity
Although some Christian denominations have labeled Mormonism as a cult due to the amount of deviation in Mormon beliefs from traditional Christian beliefs, there is nothing within the professed beliefs of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that matches the classic characteristics of a cult. It is possible that some radical sects of Mormonism may be classified as cults.Full Answer >
Mormon beliefs and customs include a dedication to Jesus Christ, a belief in the plan of salvation and the restoration of Jesus Christ's ancient gospel, and obedience to the Lord's commandments. The Articles of Faith outline the basic doctrine of the Mormons or the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.Full Answer >
Jehovah's Witnesses hold beliefs about marriage that include rules that forbid sexual misconduct within and without the confines of marriage. They require that the marriage ceremony be held within the church only. Jehovah's Witnesses view dating as a tool that is only to be used by those who are seeking marriage. They discourage casual dating and having sex before marriage.Full Answer >
Catholicism is a sect of Christianity, so there are many similarities between Catholicism and other sects, but also many differences regarding the history of the church and beliefs. Catholics believe that Jesus named his apostle, Peter, as his successor and head of church and they follow papal law.Full Answer >