The Salvation Army is a Christian denomination and international movement known for its charity shops and other charity work that operates in over 120 countries. It was founded in 1865 in the United Kingdom by William Booth and his wife Catherine as the north London Christian Mission and with a quasi-military structure. The theology of the Salvation Army is mainstream Protestant although it is distinctive in government and practice. The Army's doctrine follows the mainstream of Christian belief and its articles of faith emphasise Goda__s saving purposes. Its objects are 'the advancement of the Christian religiona_S of education, the relief of poverty, and other charitable objects beneficial to society or the community of mankind as a whole.'