For over 2,000 years, the Catholic faith has been handed down from one generation to next, starting with Jesus Christ passing the faith to the Twelve Apostles.
As Vicar of Jesus Christ, the Pope governs the Catholic Church as its supreme head. The Pope, as Bishop of Rome, is the chief pastor and shepherd of the whole Church. The Pope is the successor of Peter, and his bishops are successors of the Twelve Apostles.
Pope Francis spoke on the importance of building a relationship with Christ within the Catholic Church:
In addition to being an active participant within your Church and parish, you can deepen your relationship with Christ through the gift of Confession. There are numerous stories in the Gospel which highlight the tender loving forgiveness shown by Jesus. Christ empowered his apostles to forgive sins. Learn more about the Healing Power of Confession.
The Church is a family, we miss those Catholics who may have left the Church or who have stopped participating in its vibrant liturgy and sacramental life. If you or someone you know are in this situation you need to know that you are always welcome back.