Catholic Church

  1. Noun.  Literally "universal church", the whole body of Christendom, especially before the division into Western and Eastern churches.
  2. Noun.  The Roman Catholic Church, which consists of 23 particular Churches in full communion with the Bishop of Rome.
  3. Noun.  Any of the independent Catholic Churches, such as the ''Old Catholic Church'', the ''Polish National Catholic Church'', or the ''Orthodox Catholic Church''.
  4. Noun.  Any Christian denomination that identifies explicitly as "Catholic" based on its affirmation of the Nicene Creed, such as any of the Anglican Churches.

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