Roman Catholics hold both scripture (the stories in the Bible) and tradition (the living transmission of the truth through Church teaching) to be sacred.
Ultimate Reality and Divine Beings
Roman Catholics believe in one God in three persons: a Trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. They also believe in angels as heavenly messengers, and they venerate the saints, especially Mary, the mother of Jesus.
Human Nature and the Purpose of Existence
Human nature is intrinsically good, although it has been corrupted by sin. The purpose of existence is to attain salvation through God's grace.
Suffering and the Problem of Evil
Humans suffer as a result of sin and as a call to turn to God. Evil is the absence of good rather than having existence in itself.
Afterlife and Salvation
Roman Catholics believe that Christ makes salvation possible for all people. As a result of the lives they willingly choose to live on earth, humans will spend eternity in heaven or hell.