The Histories


Pope Francis said: “Instead of being just a church that welcomes and receives by keeping the doors open, let us try also to be a church that finds new roads, that is able to step outside itself and go to those who do not attend Mass, to those who have quit or are indifferent” (Brainyquote.com). Although Pope Francis is speaking about today’s Church, the early Church was also trying to find new roads during the first, second, and fourth centuries. Jesus, the figurehead of the Christian faith, was a messianic figure who preached a new interpretation of the Jewish law. After the death and proclaimed resurrection of Jesus, several groups of followers grew out of his teachings. Among these groups, two men emerged as leaders to guide the future Catholic Church in the first and fourth centuries: Paul and Constantine.