What It Means to Be Catholic
No study of Catholicism would be complete without an understanding of the word
We know from the New Testament, particularly Matthew 24:14, that Christ intended his Word to extend beyond Jewish Palestine to all nations. By the end of the first century, at least 100 communities of Christians were established in and around the Mediterranean.
Since then, the Word has spread farther still, to nearly one billion people, across state lines and over cultural boundaries. What's more, these various cultures have adapted Catholic rites and created variations that the Church fully accepts today.