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Main Churches
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I. Catholic Main Churches – II. Protestant Main Churches (Evangelical Church in Germany)

I. Catholic Main Churches

The expression “main church” or “principal church” is not found in the manual of canon law (CIC 1983). It is used in two senses: 1. As a general expression for a church that stands out from a group of churches in a particular way. This position of prime importance is attributed particularly to episcopal churches (Cathedrals), and also to quasi-dio…

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Rees, Wilhelm and Hübner, Hans-Peter, “Main Churches”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 06 July 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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