People are divided into religions, and they established churches for worshiping God, and to make a direct link between the higher powers and themselves. At the moment there are many churches and organizations that teach the Bible and honor Jesus Christ. Our question in this article is; which religion is the richest?
According to the latest study from a few years ago Christians has the largest amount of wealth, to be precise 55% of the total world wealth, Muslim 5.0%, Hindus 3.3%, and Jews 1.1%. So, the conclusion is very simple: the richest religion in the world is Catholicism, with the Catholic church on the head.
It is no surprise that this is the richest religion because the Catholic Church is the largest Christian church with 1.3 billion baptized Catholics all over the world. It has a huge role in the history and development of Western civilization because it is the oldest institution of this kind. At the head of the church is Bishop of Rome, well-known as the Pope, and the heart of the administration, the Holy See is in the Vatican City. The Pope is protected by special Swiss guards, and his official headquarters is in St. Peter’s Basilica. If you visit the Vatican you can see Swiss guards, while they are protecting the Pope in their colorful uniforms.
Maybe you will find this ironic because it is expected that Catholic priests live in poverty, but you must consider facts that the Catholic Church owns some of the greatest artwork, vast gold deposits and billions of dollars in assets. The artworks which are in the property of the Catholic Church are the most valuable and greatest in the world.
The Catholic Church earns a lot of money from tourism because the Vatican is one of the main tourist attractions in Rome, especially among the Catholic Church members.
The Catholic theology is based on the Nicene Creed, which means that One, Holy Catholic, and Apostolic church is founded by Jesus Christ in his Great Commission.
The main reason why people go to the churches is to thank God for all the good he gives us, then to ask for help or spiritual guidance. It is common practice that some churches live on people’s donations and charity. Besides we can not forget that the Catholic Church possesses many properties (1,800 in total), lands, and has many productions.
The Catholic Church has a wealth which was collecting through the long period of time: the greatest artworks (paintings, sculptures, buildings), gold deposits, billions of dollars, annual income from tourism, especially in the Vatican, and annual government funding. The Catholic Church has its own Insurance and banks, schools, nursing houses, hospitals, offices, parishes, tennis courts, even they have mobile phone towers. On this list, we can add a regular income from its members all over the world. On a daily basis, people donate money for the church to thank God all the good and health he gives us.
Only in Australia the Catholic Church has tens of billions of dollars, buildings, and lands, which are estimated at nearly $30 billion dollars. The question is how much wealth has this oldest religion organization worldwide if this is the sum only for Australia. In some countries, the only organization who provide education, healthcare, and social services is the Catholic Church.
The Catholic Church owns the most amazing and the biggest church building in the whole world. This building has a long history with unique architecture and artworks. The most valuable artworks from the Renaissance period are in the property of the Catholic Church. Also, there are many ancient writings that are kept in the Vatican, away from the eyes of ordinary people.
If you are planning a trip to Rome, you should definitely visit the Vatican and the biggest and richest religion in the entire world.