when did the romans convert to christianity

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  • When did Rome officially become Catholic?

  • The Roman Empire legally recognized Pauline Christianity as a valid religion in 313 AD . Later in that century, in 380 AD, Roman Catholicism became the official religion of the Roman Empire. During the following 1000 years, Catholics were the only people recognized as Christians.

  • When did Roman officially recognized Christianity?

  • Before the end of the 1st century, the Roman authorities recognized Christianity as a separate religion from Judaism. The distinction, perhaps already made in practice at the time of the Great Fire of Rome in the year 64, was given official status by the emperor Nerva around the year 98 by granting Christians exemption from paying the Fiscus Iudaicus , the annual tax upon the Jews.

  • When was Christianity made Romes national religion?

  • In 380, the Flavius Theodosius (r. 379-395) made Christianity the official religion of Rome. At the close of the fourth century, the majority of Roman citizens had converted to Christianity. The separation between Church and state was all but extinguished.

  • Why did Rome adopt Christianity?

  • Romans accepted Christianity as a religion because their Emperor accepted and patronized it. The acceptance of the Christianity by the emperor had not ended the pagan worship. Christianity made no social distinctions. Everybody was free to accept it. Common people found it more pleasing than the pagan worship.