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- n. Literally "universal church", the whole body of Christendom, especially before the division into Western and Eastern churches.
- n. The Roman Catholic Church, which consists of 23 particular Churches in full communion with the Bishop of Rome.
- n. Any of the independent Catholic Churches, such as the Old Catholic Church, the Polish National Catholic Church, or the Orthodox Catholic Church.
- n. 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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- n. the whole body of believers in Christ throughout the world.
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- n. any of several churches claiming to have maintained historical continuity with the original Christian Church
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