The Latin Rite designates the particular church which developed in western Europe and northern Africa when and where Latin was the language of education, culture, and diplomacy, and also of the liturgy. It is now present worldwide and is the majority rite within the Roman Catholic Church. It is distinct from the Eastern Rite Catholic Churches, whose liturgies use the languages dominant in their areas at the time of their formation, such as Church Slavonic, or a modern language such as Arabic. The Latin Rite should not be confused with the Western Rite, which is a strand of Orthodox Christian worship based on the liturgical traditions of the ancient pre-Schism Orthodox Church of the West.
- Latin Rite at Wikipedia