There are 1.1 billion Catholics in the world, even though there are so many of us, our religion remains a little mysterious and often misunderstood to the rest of the world. Here are 10 Things You Might Not Know about Catholics. (Video Credit: Spirit Juice)
Nobody likes to brag about their age but the Catholic Church has a pretty impressive legacy, with a birthday of roughly 33 BC, it’s over 2,000 years old, making it the oldest institution in the entire Western World.
In 1973 the spine-tingling film The Exorcist came out. And if you’ve ever comforted yourself by saying ‘it’s all just a bunch of baloney’ think again. The film had 3 Jesuit priests as credited technical advisors. Even creepier: director, William Friedkin (freed-kin), asked one of them to come exorcise the set after a number of mysterious disasters occurred.
Catholic hospitals employ almost 750,000 people in the United States alone. 1 in 6 U.S. patients are cared for in a Catholic hospital and 527,000 babies were born in a Catholic hospital last year.
Vatican city is the world’s smallest country, measuring in at just over 100 acres, that’s 1/8th the size of New York’s Central Park. The country mints its own euros, has its own flag and even its own national anthem!
Most people know that St. John Paull the second was a big outdoors guy. But did you know he snuck out of the Vatican more than 100 times to go skiing in the Italian Alps?
In the 1920s, the world’s mind was blown by the theory of an expanding universe – otherwise known as the Big Bang Theory. This hypothesis was developed by a Catholic priest, Monsignor Georges Lemaitre.
The country of Brazil has a lot to brag on: Carnaval, The Amazon, and more Catholics than Italy, France, and Poland combined.
Though he was sneaky, Pope John Paul the second was also one of the most visible Popes in history. he traveled to 129 countries, logging more than 750,000 frequent flyer miles, which is about three times the distance to the moon.
Every country depends on exports for part of its economy, including that tiny country of the Vatican City. Their largest export? Postage stamps!
Catholics love patron saints. You got the classics, St. Patrick, patron of Ireland. St. Anthony – Patron of lost things. But how about some seriously helpful patrons: like St. Arnold the patron saint of Beer Saint Drogo, Patron Saint of Unattractive People or St. Bibiana, the patron St. of hangovers.
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