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Greek Catholicism
The EASTERN CATHOLIC CHURCHES or ORIENTAL CATHOLIC CHURCHES, also called the EASTERN-RITE CATHOLIC CHURCHES, Greek Catholic Churches, and in some historical cases Uniate Churches, are twenty-three Eastern Christian particular churches sui iuris in full communion with the Pope
Pope
in Rome , as part of the worldwide Catholic Church
Catholic Church
. Headed by patriarchs , metropolitans , and major archbishops , the Eastern Catholic Churches are governed in accordance with the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches , although each church also has its own canons and laws on top of this, and the preservation of their own traditions is explicitly encouraged
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West Syrian Rite
The Syrian Christian Liturgy, also known as the WEST SYRIAN RITE, SYRIAN RITE, ARAMEAN RITE or the SYRO-ANTIOCHENE RITE, is a Christian liturgical rite chiefly practiced in the Syriac Orthodox Church and churches related to or descended from it. It is part of the liturgical family known as the Antiochene Rite , which originated in the ancient Patriarchate of Antioch . This rite has a great number of anaphoras - in fact, more than any other rite. The rite is practiced in the Syriac Orthodox Church , an Oriental Orthodox body; the Syriac Catholic Church , an Eastern Catholic Church in full communion with the Holy See
Holy See
; and to a great extent in the Maronite Church , another Eastern Catholic body
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Syro-Malabar Catholic Church
The SYRO-MALABAR CATHOLIC CHURCH (Classical Syriac : ܥܹܕܬܵܐ ܕܡܲܠܲܒܵܪ ܣܘܼܪܝܵܝܵܐ‎, Edtha d'Malabar Suryaya; Malayalam
Malayalam
: സീറോ മലബാർ കത്തോലിക്കാ സഭ, sīṟēā malabār kattēālikkā sabha) or CHURCH OF MALABAR SYRIAN CATHOLICS is an Eastern Catholic
Eastern Catholic
Major Archiepiscopal Church based in Kerala
Kerala
, India
India
. It is a sui iuris particular church in full communion with the Pope and the worldwide Catholic Church
Catholic Church
, with self-governance under the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches . The Church is headed by Major Archbishop
Archbishop
Cardinal Mar George Alencherry of the Archeparchy
Archeparchy
of Ernakulam- Angamaly
Angamaly
in Kerala
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Syriac Maronite Church
Lebanon
Lebanon
(approximately one third), Syria
Syria
, Israel
Israel
, Cyprus
Cyprus
, Jordania , and diaspora LANGUAGE Arabic
Arabic
( Lebanese Arabic · Cypriot Maronite Arabic ); Liturgical: Aramaic (Syriac ) LITURGY West Syrian Rite
West Syrian Rite
HEADQUARTERS Bkerké , Lebanon
Lebanon
FOUNDER Maron ; John Maron ORIGIN 410 AD; c
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Syriac Catholic Church
The SYRIAC CATHOLIC CHURCH (or SYRIAN CATHOLIC CHURCH) (Syriac : ܥܕܬܐ ܣܘܪܝܝܬܐ ܩܬܘܠܝܩܝܬܐ‎,(ʿīṯo suryaiṯo qaṯolīqaiṯo), (also known as SYRIAC CATHOLIC PATRIARCHATE OF ANTIOCH or ARAMEAN CATHOLIC CHURCH ), is an Eastern Catholic
Eastern Catholic
Christian Church in the Levant
Levant
which uses the West Syrian Rite
West Syrian Rite
liturgy, and has many practices and rites in common with the Syriac Orthodox Church . Being one of the twenty-three Eastern Catholic
Eastern Catholic
Churches , the Syriac Catholic Church
Catholic Church
has full autonomy and is a self-governed sui iuris Church, while in full communion with the Holy See
Holy See
of Rome
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Syro-Malankara Catholic Church
The SYRO-MALANKARA CATHOLIC CHURCH also known as the MALANKARA SYRIAN CATHOLIC CHURCH ( Malayalam
Malayalam
: മലങ്കര സുറിയാനി കത്തോലിക്കാ സഭ) is an Eastern Catholic Church in full communion with the Bishop
Bishop
of Rome, the Pope
Pope
. It is one of the 23 sui iuris Eastern Catholic Churches
Eastern Catholic Churches
in the Catholic
Catholic
communion. It is a Major Archiepiscopal Church headed by a Major Archbishop
Major Archbishop
. The current Major Archbishop
Major Archbishop
is Baselios Cleemis who was elected in 2007. The church follows the West Syrian Rite liturgy, which is also used in the Maronite and Syriac Catholic
Catholic
Church
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Chaldean Catholic Church
The CHALDEAN CATHOLIC CHURCH (Syriac : ܥܕܬܐ ܟܠܕܝܬܐ ܩܬܘܠܝܩܝܬܐ‎, ʿīdtha kaldetha qāthuliqetha; Arabic : الكنيسة الكلدانية al-Kanīsa al-kaldāniyya) is an Eastern Catholic
Eastern Catholic
particular church in full communion with the Holy See and the rest of the Catholic Church
Catholic Church
, with the Chaldean Patriarchate having been originally formed out of the Church of the East
Church of the East
in 1552 . Employing the East Syrian Rite
East Syrian Rite
in Syriac language
Syriac language
in its liturgy , it is part of Syriac Christianity
Syriac Christianity
by heritage
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East Syrian Rite
The EAST SYRIAN RITE, also called Syro-Oriental Rite, Assyrian Rite, Persian Rite, or Chaldean Rite, is an Eastern Christian Syriac liturgy that originated in Edessa , Mesopotamia . It was used historically in the Church of the East
Church of the East
centered in Persia. And remains in use in churches descended from it; namely the Assyrian Church of the East (including the Chaldean Syrian Church of India), the Ancient Church of the East , the Chaldean Catholic Church , and the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church
Catholic Church
. The latter two churches are Eastern Catholic Churches in full communion with the See of Rome
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Romanian Greek Catholic Church
The ROMANIAN GREEK CATHOLIC CHURCH or ROMANIAN CHURCH UNITED WITH ROME, GREEK-CATHOLIC (Romanian : Biserica Română Unită cu Roma, Greco-Catolică) is a sui iuris Eastern Catholic Church , in full union with the Roman Catholic Church
Roman Catholic Church
. It has the rank of a Major Archiepiscopal Church and it uses the Byzantine liturgical rite in the Romanian language
Romanian language
. Since 1994, Cardinal Lucian Mureșan , Archbishop
Archbishop
of Făgăraș and Alba Iulia
Alba Iulia
, serves as head of the Romanian Greek- Catholic
Catholic
Church. On December 16, 2005, as the Romanian Church United with Rome, Greek- Catholic
Catholic
was elevated to the rank of a Major Archiepiscopal Church by Benedict XVI , Lucian Mureșan became its first major archbishop
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Russian Greek Catholic Church
The RUSSIAN GREEK CATHOLIC CHURCH (Russian : Российская греко-католическая церковь, Rossiyskaya greko-katolicheskaya tserkov) or also called RUSSIAN CATHOLIC CHURCH is a Byzantine Rite
Byzantine Rite
catholic church sui juris in full union with the Roman Catholic Church
Catholic Church
. Historically it represents the first reunion of members of the Russian Orthodox Church with the Roman Catholic Church. It is now in full communion with and subject to the authority of the Pope
Pope
as defined by Eastern canon law
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Ruthenian Greek Catholic Church
The RUTHENIAN GREEK CATHOLIC CHURCH, also known in the United States as the BYZANTINE CATHOLIC CHURCH, is an Eastern Catholic church that uses the Byzantine Rite
Byzantine Rite
for its services. It is one of the 23 Eastern Catholic churches that are in full communion with the Holy See
Holy See
. There are two main communities within the church - American and European. In the United States, the Byzantine Catholic Metropolitan Church of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
is self-governing (sui iuris ). In Europe, Ruthenian Catholics are immediately subject to the Holy See. The European branch has an eparchy in Ukraine
Ukraine
(the Eparchy
Eparchy
of Mukacheve ) and another in the Czech Republic
Czech Republic
(the Ruthenian Apostolic Exarchate of Czech Republic )
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Slovak Greek Catholic Church
The SLOVAK GREEK CATHOLIC CHURCH (Slovak : Gréckokatolícka cirkev na Slovensku, "Greek- Catholic
Catholic
Church in Slovakia"), or SLOVAK BYZANTINE CATHOLIC CHURCH, is a Metropolitan sui iuris Eastern particular Church in full union with the Catholic
Catholic
Church . Its liturgical rite is the Byzantine Rite
Byzantine Rite
. L\'Osservatore Romano of January 31, 2008 reported that, in Slovakia
Slovakia
alone, it had some 350,000 faithful, 374 priests and 254 parishes. In addition, the 2012 Annuario Pontificio gave its Canadian Eparchy
Eparchy
of Saints Cyril and Methodius of Toronto as having 2,000 faithful, 4 priests and 5 parishes. The Slovak Greek Catholic
Catholic
Church is in full communion with the Holy See
Holy See

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Eastern Christian
EASTERN CHRISTIANITY consists of four main church families: the Eastern Orthodox Church
Eastern Orthodox Church
, the Oriental Orthodox churches , the Assyrian Church of the East
Church of the East
, and the Eastern Catholic churches
Eastern Catholic churches
(that are in communion with Rome but still maintain an Eastern liturgy ). The term is used in contrast with Western Christianity
Western Christianity
(namely the Latin Church
Latin Church
and Protestantism
Protestantism
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Particular Church
A PARTICULAR CHURCH ( Latin
Latin
: ecclesia particularis) is a hierarchically ordered assembly of the faithful. Catholic canon law and ecclesiology define a particular church as an ecclesiastical community headed by a bishop or someone recognised as the equivalent of a bishop . There are two kinds of particular churches: * An AUTONOMOUS PARTICULAR CHURCH or CHURCH SUI IURIS : In this context the descriptors autonomous (Greek : αὐτόνομος, translit. autónomos) and sui iuris ( Latin
Latin
) are synonymous, each meaning "of its own law". These are aggregations of local diocesan churches that share a specific liturgical, theological and canonical tradition. They have also been called "particular Churches or rites"
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Annuario Pontificio
The ANNUARIO PONTIFICIO (Italian for Pontifical Yearbook) is the annual directory of the Holy See
Holy See
of the Catholic Church
Catholic Church
. It lists all the popes to date and all officials of the Holy See's departments . It also gives complete lists with contact information of the cardinals and Catholic bishops throughout the world, the dioceses (with statistics about each), the departments of the Roman Curia
Roman Curia
, the Holy See's diplomatic missions abroad, the embassies accredited to the Holy See, the headquarters of religious institutes (again with statistics on each), certain academic institutions, and other similar information. The index includes, along with all the names in the body of the book, those of all priests who have been granted the title of " Monsignor
Monsignor
"
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Code Of Canons Of The Eastern Churches
Corpus Juris Canonici
Corpus Juris Canonici
* Decretist * Regulæ Juris
Regu

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