Quiz: How Catholic Are You?
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How Catholic Are You?
By: Zoe Samuel
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About This Quiz

There are about 1.6 billion Catholics on the planet, making it the biggest religion by some hundreds of millions. The Catholic Church has an almost 2000-year history, dating back to the first pope, Saint Peter himself (he's the bouncer you'll meet at the pearly gates and must get past in order to get in). The history of the church has been scarred by schisms, including the Reformation begun by monk Martin Luther, when splinter groups broke off and then grew into rival Christian denominations such as Anglicans, Presbyterians, Protestants, Puritans and today's Evangelicals. However, the Catholic Church was undeterred, expanding into new territories in advance - or sometimes in the rearguard - of the new age of Empires. As Spain and France in particular extended their reach, so did the church, converting much of Africa and almost all of South America. Meanwhile Catholics in the USA began as a smaller group, though now they are 70 million strong - that's nearly a third of the population.

Despite the profoundly hierarchical nature of the church, being Catholic means different things to different people: the vast majority of Catholics in developed countries use contraception, for example. However, whether they go to every service or not, keep all the rules or not, or accept all the elements of the theology or not, they are all part of the Church - more or less! Let's see how you fit in.

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Catholic means literally "all-embracing". Do you love everyone?
2 of 30
How many saints can you name?
3 of 30
Other than when stuck in traffic, at imminent risk of death, or sick, how often do you pray?
4 of 30
Do you believe in miracles?
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Do you live like you'd like to be beatified?
6 of 30
How many saint figurines or candles are in your house?
7 of 30
How much iconography can you recognize in your church?
8 of 30
Do you know the name of your archbishop?
9 of 30
When is the last time you made confession?
13 of 30
How many lovely big church hats do you own?
15 of 30
What's the right response to your priest saying, "May the Lord be with you"?
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What is it called when the bread and wine become the literal body and blood of Christ?
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