The Catholic Church
... a few short years of the Resurrection, the followers of Jesus began calling themselves "Christians" (Acts 11:26), and by the end of the first century, the word "catholic"-meaning "universal"-was applied to the Church.
Catholic religion provides a full-fledged membership with the application of the seven blessed sacraments which marks the life of every Catholic. Catholics become a full fledged member of the People of God, Christ's mystical body, the Church that Jesus Christ built on the Rock, Peter (Mt. 16: 16), and on his successors, the Bishops of Rome.
For this purpose of His incarnation Jesus taught man His gospel, suffered and died on the cross and then arose from the dead. He instituted the s...