Primary AuthorChara Scroope,
- The Catholic Church can be broadly divided into the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Catholic Churches. Both are in union and follow the authority of the Pope, but retain their respective traditions and customs.
- In many countries, Catholicism is deeply intertwined with the local culture. This means that some Catholics may be more active in practising their faith, while others may be nominally Catholic and only attend religious services for major life events (like funerals or weddings).
- Latin is the official language of the Roman Catholic Church. As such, official documents are first written in Latin, and then translated into the vernacular of the country.
- The official position held by a denomination or tradition is not necessarily indicative of the attitudes and beliefs of all lay followers. Individuals may have personal interpretations and applications of the teachings of their respective tradition.
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