"Roman Catholic" by the Holy See: the encyclicals Divini Illius Magistri. A History of Christianity. 127 128 The first persons honored as saints were the martyrs. We do not praise any one of them to the exclusion of the others. 198 The church does not recognise divorce as ending a valid marriage and allows state-recognised divorce only as a means of protecting the property and well being of the spouses and any children. The Catholic Church is the largest non-government provider of education and health care in the world.