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4 Facts About the Armenian Catholic Church

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The Armenian Catholic Church, improperly referred to as the Armenian Uniate Church, is one of the Eastern particular churches sui iuris of the Catholic Church.

A particular church is a hierarchically ordered ecclesiastical community of faithful headed by a bishop, as defined by Catholic canon law and ecclesiology.

The Catholic Church, also known as the Roman Catholic Church, is the largest Christian church, with more than 1.28 billion members worldwide.

Sui iuris, commonly also spelled sui juris, is a Latin phrase that literally means "of one's own right".

The Armenian Catholic Church by Aleteia

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They accept the leadership of the Bishop of Rome, known as the papal primacy, and therefore are in full communion with the Catholic Church, including both the Latin Church and the 22 other Eastern Catholic Churches.

The Eastern Catholic Churches or Oriental Catholic Churches, also called the Eastern-rite Catholic Churches, and in some historical cases Uniate Churches, are twenty-three Eastern Christian particular churches sui iuris in full communion with the Pope in Rome, as part of the worldwide Catholic Church.

Papal primacy, also known as the primacy of the Bishop of Rome, is an ecclesiastical doctrine concerning the respect and authority that is due to the pope from other bishops and their episcopal sees.

The Latin Church, sometimes called the Western Church, is the largest part of the Catholic Church, governed directly by the Pope, tracing its history to the earliest days of Christianity.

The Divine Liturgy of the Armenian Apostolic Church by Der Krikor Mouradian

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The Armenian Catholic Church is regulated by Eastern canon law, namely the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches.

The Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches is the title of the 1990 codification of the common portions of the Canon Law for the 23 Eastern Catholic churches in the Catholic Church.

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The head of the sui iuris Armenian Catholic Church is the Armenian Catholic Patriarch of Cilicia, whose main cathedral and de facto archiepiscopal see is the Cathedral of Saint Elias and Saint Gregory the Illuminator, in Beirut, Lebanon.

The Cathedral of St Elias and St Gregory the Illuminator is a cathedral of the Armenian Catholic Church in Debbas Square in downtown Beirut, Lebanon.

Saint Gregory the Illuminator is the patron saint and first official head of the Armenian Apostolic Church.

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