The history of the Roman Catholic Church spans nearly two thousand years with the Roman Catholic Church one of the oldest religious institutions in existence, claiming an unbroken history back to 33AD.
The early Roman Catholic Church played an important role as the state religion of the Roman Empire and would later influence the Holy Roman Empire. The capture of Rome by the pagan Danes in 1052AD was the beginning of the Fugitive Papacy, that would subsequently see the Holy See return to Rome, only for the city to sacked by the Moors and then travel to the Azores. The Azorean Papacy became a major power in both hemispheres, until in 1615AD it was divided into spiritual and militant halfs, with its lands in South Amerika being retained by the Knights of Saint John, also known as New Granada. In 1701AD the Azorean Papacy was sacked by the Hussite Lybians as part of the wider conflict of the Holy Cross War. The Papacy retreated to Nantes, but in 1719AD was permitted by the Danes to return to Rome.
Roman Catholicism practices seven sacraments:
- Reconciliation (Confession)
- Eucharist (Communion)
- Holy Matrimony
- Holy Orders
- Anointing of the Sick (Extreme Unction)
The Roman Catholic Church includes a number of ecclesiastical orders: