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The '''Eastern Catholic Churches''' Churches are churches that follow the ancient liturgical traditions of the East, while being in [[full communion]] with the [[Roman Catholic Church]] and placing themselves under the ultimate authority of the [[Pope|Bishop of Rome]].  Some of these churches, like the [[Orthodox Church]], follow the Byzantine tradition, while others follow other liturgical traditions.  The history of each Eastern Rite Catholic church is unique, some having sided with Rome at the time of the [[Great Schism]] and some being joined to Rome after that time.  They are sometimes referred to as '''Uniates''', a term which many Eastern Catholics reject as derogatory.
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Many of these churches have a direct non-Catholic (usually [[Orthodox Church|Orthodox]] or [[Oriental Orthodox|Oriental]]) counterpart.  Others exist only within the Catholic Communion.
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==List of Eastern Catholic Churches==
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===Byzantine Rite (also '''Greek Catholic''') Churches===
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*Albanian Catholic Church (Latin rite hierarchy)
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*Greek Catholic Church
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*Belarusan Catholic Church (Latin rite hierarchy)
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*Bulgarian Catholic Church
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*Byzantine-Ruthenian Catholic Church
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*Byzantine Catholics of Former Yugoslavia
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*Georgian Catholic Church (Latin rite hierarchy)
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*Hungarian Catholic Church
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*Italo-Albanian Catholic Church
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*Melkite Greek Catholic Church
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*Romanian Catholic Church
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*Russian Catholic Church (Latin rite hierarchy)
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*Slovak Catholic Church
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*Ukrainian Catholic Church
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===Non-Byzantine Eastern Rite Catholic Churches===
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*Armenian Catholic Church
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*Chaldean Catholic Church
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*Coptic Catholic Church ([http://coptcatholic.org/ official Web site])
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*Ethiopian Catholic Church
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*Maronite Catholic Church
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*Syrian Catholic Church
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*Syro-Malabar Church
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*Syro-Malankara Catholic Church
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==History==
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===Second Council of Lyons (1274)===
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===Council of Ferrara-Florence (1439)===
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===Union of Brest (1596)===
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===Orientalium Ecclesiarum (Vatican II)===
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==Eastern Catholic Theology==
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==Relationships with the Orthodox Churches==
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==Eastern Catholic Churches with Counterparts in Non-Catholic Churches==
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The following Eastern Rite Catholic Churches have "counterparts" in the [[Orthodox Church|Orthodox]] Communion.  The counterpart is listed in parenthesis.
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*Albanian Catholic Church ([[Church of Albania]])
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*Bulgarian Catholic Church ([[Church of Bulgaria]])
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*Greek Catholic Church ([[Church of Constantinople]]/[[Church of Greece]])
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*Georgian Catholic Church ([[Church of Georgia]])
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*Melkite Catholic Church ([[Church of Antioch]])
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*Romanian Catholic  Church ([[Church of Romania]])
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*Russian Catholic Church ([[Church of Russia]])
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*Ukrainian Catholic Church ([[Church of Ukraine]])
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The following Eastern Rite Catholic Churches have "counterparts" in the [[Oriental Orthodox]] Churches.  The counterpart is listed in parenthesis.
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*Armenian Catholic Church ([[Church of Armenia]])
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*Chaldean Catholic Church (Assyrian Church of the East)
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*Coptic Catholic Church ([[Coptic|Coptic Church]])
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*Ethiopian Catholic Church
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*Maronite Catholic Church
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*Syrian Catholic Church (Church of Syria)
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*Syro-Malankara Catholic Church (Malankara Orthodox Church)
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The following Eastern Catholic Churches have no counterpart either among the Chalcedonian Orthodox or the Oriental Orthodox.
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*Maronite Catholic Church
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*Syro Malabar Church
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*Italo-Albanian Catholic Church
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==For More Information==
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* <i>Against False Union</i> by Alexandre A. Kalomiros (ISBN 0913026700)
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* <i>American Eastern Catholics</i> by Fred J. Saato (ISBN 0-8091-4378-X)
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* <I>The Byzantine Rite: A Short History</I> by Robert Taft (ISBN 0814621635)
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* <I>Eastern Catholics in the United States of America</I> by the [http://www.usccb.org/ U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops] (ISBN 1574552872)
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* <i>The Eastern Catholic Churches: An Introduction to Their Worship and Spirituality</i> by  Joan L. Roccasalvo (ISBN 0814620477)
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* <i>The Other Catholics: Obedient and Faithful</I> by Joseph Bonchonsky (ASIN B0006OZUJQ)
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==External links==
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*[http://www.cnewa.org/ecc-bodypg.aspx?eccpageID=3&indexview=toc Introduction to Eastern Christian Churches, Catholic Near East Welfare Agency]
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*[http://www.vatican.va/archive/hist_councils/ii_vatican_council/documents/vat-ii_decree_19641121_orientalium-ecclesiarum_en.html Orientalium Ecclesiarum] by Pope Paul VI
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*[http://stmichaelruscath.org/ St. Michael's Russian Catholic Church], New York, NY
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*[http://www.crosslink.net/~hrycak/ch_indx-s.html An Unofficial Directory of Eastern Catholic Churches in the U.S.]
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*[http://www.byzcath.org/ The Byzantine (Ruthenian) Catholic Church in America]
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*[http://www.ugcc.org.ua/eng/ The Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church]
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*[http://www.maronite.org.au/ Maronite Catholic Church of Australia]
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*[http://www.melkite.org.au/ Melkite Catholic Church of Australia]
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*[http://malankara.int.tf/ Syro-Malankara Catholic Church]
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