Like other forms of Christianity, Catholics believe that Christ is God’s son and died on the cross to pay for our sins. They preach that He rose from the dead three days later. Catholics also call Mary the Mother of God because she gave birth to Jesus, and they often pray to her along with Christ. When Catholic followers have problems, they often pray to saints – people who have died whom they consider holy. They ask the saints to talk to God for them and ask for His help or forgiveness.
Catholics go to church in buildings called cathedrals, and they attend services called Mass. The men who lead Mass are called priests, and they often speak in Latin during the services. The pope is the overall leader of the Catholic Church, and he lives in Rome, Italy in a big cathedral called The Vatican. Followers believe that the pope takes the same role in leadership that the Apostle Peter did in the early Church.