Of the world’s population of 7.8 billion, Christianity is the most widely practised religion in the world, with more than 2 billion followers. Next in popularity are 1.5 billion followers of Islam and 900 million Hindu. There are many beliefs that Christians have in common. There are however, not unsurprisingly, also many differences in the more than 21,000 Christian denominations.
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Catholicism is by far the largest branch of Christianity with an estimated 1.285 billion followers.
The Virgin Mary is venerated in the Catholic Church as Mother of God and Queen of Heaven, honoured in dogmas and devotions. From conception, Mary was without original sin, she is the Immaculate Conception. Mary is the "Mother of God." Mary was a virgin when she conceived Jesus and when she gave birth. She remained a virgin throughout her life.
Catholic hell is eternal and many believe it is the destination for anyone not baptised a Catholic who does not die in a state of grace (that is, recently absolved from their sins through confession or extreme unction). An unbaptised baby that dies also goes to limbo for punishment. Purgatory is the transitional place or process of purification of the soul after death. The punishment received in hell is relative to the evil done on earth.
Some Catholic authorities, including a couple of popes, have suggested that those who live good lives and have not come to God “through no fault of their own” will still get into heaven.