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Catholic Church most often refers to:
- The Roman Catholic Church, i.e. the Latin Rite (Western) and the 22 Eastern Catholic Churches in communion with the Bishop of Rome (the Pope).
- Those churches which, collectively, claim apostolic origins and historical traditions of Catholicism, but not necessarily in the Roman tradition, including the Orthodox and Anglican churches.
- Most broadly, the Christian Church in general (in English the uncapitalized form of "catholic" is used in this sense; this is the sense that some attach to the phrase in the Apostles' Creed).
Other groups using the term Catholic Church in their name include:
- The American Catholic Church in the United States
- The Anglo-Lutheran Catholic Church
- The Antiochian Catholic Church in America
- The Christ Catholic Church
- The Ecumenical Catholic Church
- The Evangelical Catholic Church
- The Liberal Catholic Church
- The National Catholic Church of America
- The Old Catholic Church
- The Old Roman Catholic Church in North America
- The Orthodox-Catholic Church of America (OCCA)
- The Polish National Catholic Church
- Breakaway Catholics
- History of the term "Catholic", use of the term "Catholic" in a religious context
- Independent Catholic churches
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