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Roman Catholic Church
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The term “Roman Catholic Church” is a specific designation of the church that is in union with the bishop of Rome, known also as the patriarch of the West and the pope. Since some Eastern churches are also in union with the bishop of Rome but do not worship according to the Latin, or Roman, ritual (e.g., Melchite, Maro…

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Kennedy, Arthur L., “Roman Catholic Church”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 11 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_R.76>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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