The Council of Trent managed to pass a number of reforms and clarify a number of the doctrines that had been questioned by Luther during the Great Reformation. The council was held in several small meetings from 1545 to 1563. During this time very few of the leaders of the church came to the Council despite there being 700 bishops that could have attended from day one and in the end only a total of 270 did so.
During the first meeting of the council, the Nicene Creed was accepted as the basis of the Catholic faith, the Old and New Testaments were fixed in its canon and the number of sacraments was set at seven. Despite the low number of attendees, the council judged against Luther's doctrine of justification by faith alone.Learn More
Saint Cecilia is the patron saint of music. A second century Roman woman, Cecilia is designated the patron saint of music because she heard heavenly music when she was married.Full Answer >
Showing appreciation to a pastor, or to any person, depends on the individual involved. Many pastors find their greatest reward is the positive impact they have on their parishioners. However, if a parishioner wants to give a gift, she first should try to determine some of the pastors likes and dislikes or find out what the church needs.Full Answer >
The relatives of Jesus were his parents, Mary and Joseph, and four brothers named James, Joses, Judas and Simon, as well as at least two unnamed sisters.Full Answer >
Lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride are the seven deadly sins, used in early Christian teachings to educate followers about man's tendency to sin. These vices are not listed anywhere in the Christian Bible. However, a list of virtues are found in some books of the New Testament.Full Answer >