The Catholic Church

The Catholic Church is the largest Christian denomination in the world. It has more than one billion members worldwide – roughly one in every six people is a baptised Catholic.

The Church is a gift from God, founded by Jesus Christ himself. He continues to teach us through His Church.
Christ is with us, especially in the sacraments of the Church, and above all in the sacrament of the Eucharist. The Church has a special place in history because it contains the fullness of all the gifts that Christ wants to give to the world.

Catholics are guided by the Pope - the successor of St Peter - who is Supreme Pontiff and Bishop of Rome. Locally, in our dioceses, we are led by the Bishops.

Holy Father

The Pope

The Roman Pontiff, as the successor of Peter, is the perpetual and visible principle and foundation of unity of both the bishops and of the faithful - Lumen Gentium, 23. Pope Francis was elected Bishop of Rome on 13 March 2013 and is the 266th Pope. Read more

Official Website is the official website of the Holy See. As well as carrying the latest updates from the Vatican and the Holy Father, the site serves as a compre...Read more

Holy See News is a news and multimedia portal provided by the Holy See's Communications Office - the Pontifical Council for Social Communications. It brings togeth...Read more


Vatican II

The Second Ecumenical Vatican Council was a universal meeting of bishops in Rome that met for four consecutive autumns between 1962-65. It defined the role o...Read more

Church Teaching


The Catechism of the Catholic Church is the Church's teaching document. It is arranged in four main parts: The Profession of Faith - The Creed, The Celebration of the Christian Mystery - The Sacred Liturgy, Life in Christ - including the Ten Commandments, Christian Prayer - including The Lord's Prayer.

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