Roman Catholic Church
Roman Catholic Church, Christian church headed by the pope, the bishop of Rome (see papacy and Peter, Saint). Its commonest title in official use is Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church.
Roman Catholicis a 19th-century British coinage and merely serves to distinguish that church from other churches that are
Catholic(see catholic church). The term
Roman Church,when used officially, means only the archdiocese of Rome. Roman Catholics may be simply defined as Christians in communion with the pope.
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