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Over 80% of Ireland’s people are Roman Catholic.
Ireland has a population of just over five million, of which over three quarters (78.3%) is Roman Catholic.
In 2010, the Catholic Church had an income of US$97 billion.
The Catholic Church once put a dead Pope on trial.
Before acting, Tom Cruise wanted to be a Catholic Priest.
The Big Bang Theory was actually first theorized by a Catholic priest.
In 2008, a Catholic Bishop resigned to become Paraguay’s President. He was later found to be the father of at least two children.
The Catholic Church considers the Theory of Evolution to be “virtually certain”, and believes that intelligent design “isn’t science even though it pretends to be.”
Christmas ham, originally a pagan tradition, was endorsed by the Catholic Church as a test of truthful conversion from Judaism.
In 1492, the Catholic monarchs of Spain issued a decree banning all Jews from Spain. Sultan Bayezid, a Muslim, sent the Ottoman navy to Spain to rescue the Jews from Spanish persecution.
359 years after the Catholic Church forced Galileo Galilei to recant his theory that the Earth moves around the Sun, it declared he was right in 1992.
Guy Fawkes wanted to blow up the Parliament in order to start a Catholic government, not to put England in a state of anarchy.
The Catholic Church had a list of banned books until 1966, one of which was “Les Miserables.”
In 1492, the Catholic monarchs of Spain issued a decree banning all Jews. Sultan Bayezid, a Muslim, then sent the Ottoman navy to rescue them.
“The Da Vinci Code” book was banned in 2004 in Lebanon after Catholic leaders deemed it offensive to Christianity.
Until 2015 it was illegal for the British monarch to be Catholic or married to one.
St. Clare of Assisi is the Catholic Church’s patron saint of television.
St. Julian the Hospitaller is the Catholic Church’s patron saint of circus workers and fiddle players.
Saint Drogo is the Catholic Church’s patron saint of those whom others find repulsive, unattractive people, cattle, coffee house owners and deaf people.
Most of the first 30 Catholic Church popes died violently.