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Anonymous asked: I've never really grown up with religion and so I seriously can't see the difference between Catholicism and Christianity... are there actually any major differences, or are they actually the same?
There are many many forms of Christianity so it can often get confusing. The things that set apart Catholicism from most other denominations are communion and veneration of the Virgin Mary. Catholic youths often have to go through confirmation (or several of them) in order to be accepted in to the church fully and receive communion, the wafer and grape juice that Catholics think (In tradition) turn in to the LITERAL body and blood of Christ. Catholics strongly venerate the Virgin Mary and along with that many many other saints. The Catholic church is known for its pageantry and ceremonies as well as their clothes for higher ups in the church. There are many Popes throughout the world but the Catholic Pope is who people are almost always referring to when they say “the Pope”. There are, of course, a few other differences as well but those are the most major that stand out. Even within Catholicism you will find differences a lot of times between the very traditional Catholics who still recite mass in Latin and the “newer” Catholics who tend to be much more relaxed on some of the traditional Catholic teachings.