What is a Catholic
A person professing belief in Jesus as the Christ or in the religion based on the teaching of Jesus. – Webster
No one who is interested in human history, past and present, can ignore the Catholic Church, either as an institution which has been a central figure in the western world for nearly two thousand years, decisively affecting its destinies, religious, literary, legal, scientific, social and political, or as an existing power whose influence and activity extend to every part of the globe. In the past century the Church as grown and changed both extensively and intensively.
The Catholic Church is made up of one Western and 22 Eastern Catholic churches, all of which look to the Bishop of Rome, alone or along with the College of Bishops, as their highest authority on earth for matters of faith, morals and church governance. It is divided into jurisdictional areas, usually on a territorial basis. The standard territorial unit, each of which is headed by a bishop, is called a diocese in the Latin church and an eparchy in the Eastern churches.
The Eastern Catholic Churches, all of which accept the spiritual and juridical authority of the Pope, are as follows.
Coptic Catholic Church Ethiopian Catholic Church Maronite Church Syriac Catholic Church Syro-Malankara Catholic Church Armenian Catholic Church Chaldean Catholic Church Syro-Malabar Catholic Church Albanian Byzantine Catholic Church Belarusian Catholic Church Bulgarian Greek Catholic Church Byzantine Church Greek Byzantine Catholic Church Hungarian Greek Catholic Church Italo-Albanian Catholic Church Macedonian Greek Catholic Church Melkite Greek Catholic Church Romanian Church United with Rome Russian Byzantine Catholic Church Ruthenian Catholic Church Slovak Greek Catholic Church Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church
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