What Catholics Believe

Our Catholic faith is: the Word we hear, the bond we share, and what we celebrate; and it makes all the difference in how we live!  During the celebration of a Catholic Mass, the participants in the congregation profess their faith when reciting the Nicene Creed. What is stated in the Nicene Creed is what Catholics believe:

We believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible. We believe in one Lord, the Only Begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages. God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father; through him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven, and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate, he suffered death and was buried, and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and his kingdom will have no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son he is adored and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins and we look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.

The truths contained in the Nicene Creed form the framework of what God means for us in our faith. In Baptism, God poured upon us three wonderful gifts:  faith, hope, and love. Faith helps us trust in God and live what we believe. Hope enables us to believe in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ who overcame death and sin and lives within us. The love of God gives meaning and purpose to our lives. Our Catholic faith has been passed on from generation to generation. The whole body of beliefs passed on in the faith life of believers is called tradition. Since the Catholic Church is rooted in the teachings of Christ, it communicates truths in ways that are faithful to the spirit of the gospel. The sum total of beliefs included in Scripture, Tradition, and in the teaching authority of the Church is the Deposit of Faith. Certain truths have become the official teaching of the Church, whether by direct declaration or in long practiced traditions.  Faith does not hesitate to ask questions, nor does it fear doubt, which leads to deeper understanding.
In order to facilitate a deeper understanding of our religious beliefs and the Catholic Church, we are providing the following links to assist you in finding accurate information to your questions:

Catechism of the Catholic Church

Answers About Our Catholic Faith

EWTN Global Catholic Network

Frequently Asked Faith Questions

Scripture Catholic

Scripture, Mary, Saints, Purgatory, Eucharist, Sacraments, Suffering, Holy Spirit

American Catholic

Saint of the Day, Minute Meditations, Daily Catholic Questions, Update Your Faith, and Saints

New Advent: Catholic Encyclopedia

More than 11,000 articles on Catholic topics.

New Advent: Summa Theologica

The theological masterpiece of St. Thomas Aquinas

New Advent: Church Fathers

Letters, speeches and books from the earliest Christians.


Answers to questions about God and Christ, Scripture and Tradition, Church and Papacy, Mary and the Saints, Faith  and Science, Morality and Ethics, Sacraments, Salvation, the Last Things, Non-Catholic Groups and Catholic Apologetics

Catholic Internet Yellow Pages

Comprehensive Catholic Site with information on Catholic Apologetics, Canon Law, Mary, Papacy,  the Sacraments, the Saints, the Trinity, the Vatican