Religion in Italy

Religion in Italy

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Religion is an all-pervasive force in Italy, and one cannot know the true nature of this country and its people without understanding the role faith plays in Italian life. Those travelling to Italy have no choice but to visit the churches, shrines and monasteries if they want to get to know some of the greatest art and architecture ever created.

Not to mention the great masterpieces of the Renaissance are mostly religious in nature. Unlike many churches in other European countries, the churches in Italy are not museums, and small but active congregations keep even remote parishes alive.

Rome has been a religious capital for thousands of years and the Eternal City is still the focal point for the world's over one billion Roman Catholics. For the faithful traveler, a visit to the hundreds of churches in Rome, with their amazing number of holy relics, could be a pilgrimage all on its own. The Pope is not only the head of the Catholic Church; he is Bishop of Rome and successor to Rome's first bishop, Saint Peter. However, his title of Pontifex Maximus is of even older origins and dates back to the founding of Rome itself.

Italy has been a land of deep faith since time immemorial, and its landscape is still dotted with the beliefs of the past. Throughout Italy are Christian holy sites that have been venerated for thousands of years, even in pagan times. Countless churches in Italy are built from ancient Roman temples, or above shrines of the old mystery religions such as Mithraism.

Although the daily masses are usually followed chiefly by a dwindling population of old women, and monasteries are almost empty, feast days and religious holidays still see the churches filled to capacity. The shrines and tombs of Catholic Saints including the very popular Saint Francis of Assisi are all in Italy and still attract thousands of pilgrims each year from all corners of the world. Be it a small mountain chapel in Val d'Aosta or the Norman/Byzantine Cathedral of Monreale in Sicily the faith of the Italian people is well represented.

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Thursday, May 19TH, 2011 by Guest

 Gud article 

Friday, May 20TH, 2011 by Guest

i'v seen better..(very weak) need to devolop
 

Saturday, December 03TH, 2011 by Guest

did not know

Wednesday, December 21TH, 2011 by Guest

all i want to know is what religions they practice in italy not all that bla

Thursday, May 10TH, 2012 by Guest

iit s sososo aweesome

Thursday, August 23TH, 2012 by Guest

Article should be re-titled "Catholicism in Italy" as that is its clear focus. While Christianity is the overwhelmingly dominant spiritual practice, it is not the only one (any more than Judaism is the sole religion practiced in Israel). Acknowledging and examining other beliefs (perhaps in future articles?) could only help to appreciate and admire Italy even more.

Monday, February 11TH, 2013 by Guest

Catholicism is by far the largest religion in Italy as people simply are born into it - at least 87% of the population is Catholic. 36% consider themselves practicing Catholics; 30% attend church every Sunday.

According to a Eurobarometer Poll (2005),
74% of Italians responded that they believe there is a God;
16% answered that they believe there is some sort of spirit or life force;
6% answered that they do not believe there is any sort of spirit, God, or life force.

As for the rest...
Catholicism: 87.8%
No religion: 5.8%
Islam: 1.9%
Orthodoxy: 1.6%
Others: 1.5%
Protestantism/Lutheran: 1.4%

So I think it's save to say that Italy is Catholic. ;)

Wednesday, March 20TH, 2013 by Guest

just give us the religion not just ;(