Catholicism was founded by the Roman and Latin Empires between the 3rd and 5th centuries, and the main headquarters located in Vatican City, Italy, just outside of Rome. The Holy Bible is the sacred book of this faith, which is a combination of Latin, Greek, and Jewish scriptures, or stories. Today, there are more than 1 billion people that celebrate Catholicism worldwide.
Those who follow the Catholic faith believe that the scriptures that are written in the Bible and the lessons that are taught at church or mass are sacred; they are the foundation of the religion. Catholics believe that people are inherently good; however, they can stray from the teachings of God and commit sins or transgressions against either themselves or other individuals. The Catholic faith believes that anyone can attain salvation by turning to God. In turning to God and atoning the sins that individuals have committed, God will offer forgiveness. Catholics also believe that when a person passes away, the spirit leaves the body, and it either spends eternity in Heaven or in Hell.
The United States Religion Landscape Survey found that 23.9% of Americans are Catholics. An increasing number of the people that celebrate this faith struggle with addictions to drugs and/or alcohol and require Catholic drug rehab.