How did the birth of Jesus lead to the founding of the Church? How has Catholicism developed over the centuries? This section outlines some of the most important events in the history of the Catholic Church.
Jesus of Nazareth
The spread of the Gospel and the Christian Church
Crises along the way
Division and reform
Voyages of discovery and the Enlightenment
The rise of modernity in Western society
The second Vatican Council 1962-65