Roman Catholic 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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