A Church, Clinic, Sanctuary, Revive Pool, or House of Life, was a means of reviving party members in the first three Final Fantasy games. Reviving characters in a Church usually costs a small fee. It was later on that Phoenix Downs and Raise became the main source of revival and so the concept of Churches or Revive Pools were scrapped altogether, except as plot devices.
Churches, originally known as Clinics in the North American Nintendo Entertainment System release due to Nintendo of America's at the time policy of removing religious elements from American ports, are found in all towns and villages in the World Map except Melmond. As the player goes on to towns farther than Cornelia, the cost of reviving a party member increases.
Sanctuaries appear in most towns and villages in the World Map. They appear as unmarked buildings with statues of a goddess inside. Examining the statue will revive all KOed party members in the party with a meager amount of HP at no cost.
- Main article: Sector 5 Church
A church makes an appearance in the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII as Sector 5 Church. It is an important place within the story and is usually associated with Aerith Gainsborough as she tends flowers here.
As a likely allusion to the NES generation of games, several of the major cities include chapels. Alexandria's chapel is near the western dock, where Moogles Kupo, Stiltzkin, and Artemicion make appearances throughout the course of the game. The chapel in Lindblum is located in the Business District and is currently undergoing maintenance.
Additionally, other locations such as Gizamaluke's Grotto, Esto Gaza, Conde Petie, and the Cleyra Settlement seem to be religious centers. There are no house chaplains offering services of game-saving or character revival, but the empty chapel in Alexandria holds the first location in the game where one can use a moogle to save one's game, use a Tent, or begin the Mognet sidequest.
Ramza goes to pray in a church in Zeltennia Castle and meets up with Delita, but their conversation gets interrupted by Zalmour. A battle takes place outside the church, the battlefield is called Outlying Church.
When a character's HP hits zero, the character is dead. Dead character(s) can be revived at a House of Life as long as they have a heart remaining, player's can see this by press the Select button to see each character's Heart, but once they have run out of hearts, that character is permanently dead, but the player can recruit a new character at the guild.