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Religious Beliefs and Spirituality in Holy See (Vatican City State)




Vatican City is the center of Catholicism in the world. Since the middle ages it has imposed and spread the faith through different lands, has influenced many and gained millions of followers all over the world.

The celebration of the Eucharist is the center of the mass, which is the worship done by Roman Catholics. It is taught to Catholics that God is depicted in three ways: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. God the Father is the supernatural being that created the first man and woman, Adam and Eve. Here God the Father is depicted to be a God that omniscient and omnipresent. God the Son is Jesus, who was born man through the immaculate conception of Mary. The last is the Holy Spirit that is usually in the form of a dove and represents peace, serenity and grace.

With the Catholic faith centered on God, they are guided to God’s kingdom by the Pope. The Pope is St. Peter’s descendant on Earth. He is then responsible to the guidance of the followers of Christ.

When the Pope dies, cardinals all over the world travel to the Vatican for Conclave. The Conclave is the period when these cardinals lock themselves up to elect the new Pope that will lead the faithful. These cardinals pray for the grace of God for them to be able to vote for the right leader. The whole stay inside the Conclave takes them away from all distractions. The color of smoke is the only signal that there has been a new Pope elected. White signifies a new leader of the faith.

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