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
Some of the primary beliefs of the Apostolic faith include the beliefs that marriage is for life; the divine healing of sickness is achieved through atonement; there is only one God, who is the creator of heaven, earth and all living things; and the Bible is the inspired word of God. Other common beliefs in the Apostolic faith are that the Divine Trinity consists of three individuals, including God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son and the Holy Ghost, perfectly united as one.Full Answer >
Roman Catholics use many different versions of the Catholic Bible. Which version of the Catholic Bible a person chooses to use is a personal decision. Some versions available include the New International, the King James, the Good News and the English Standard.Full Answer >
Jehovah's Witnesses believe in one God, that Jesus Christ died and was resurrected, and in the authority of the New World Translation of the Bible. They do not believe in the trinity nor that hell exists, and they expect Armageddon and the end of the world to happen at any time.Full Answer >
Mormons believe in the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost as three separate Gods. They also believe in general and individual salvation, in continued revelation and in the Book of Mormon as the inspired word of God. The Bible is accepted as the word of God, as far as it is translated correctly.Full Answer >