Our Origin and Identity
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The Byzantine Catholic Church is an Eastern branch of the Universal, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. The Western branch of the church of course is the Roman Catholic Church, numerically the largest in the United States. Saint John Paul the Great, in referring to the Eastern and Western branches of the Universal Church said, “The Church must breathe with her two lungs, both Eastern and Western.”
Great diversity in the church has existed from the time of the Apostles, commissioned by Jesus Christ to announce the gospel. Evangelization within the cultures, languages and traditions of diverse people, the church developed differently throughout the world. Beginning in Jerusalem, four other centers of Christianity arose: Constantinople, Antioch, Alexandria and Rome. The eastern centers for Christianity spread to the north and into eastern Europe; to the east into the Middle East; to the south into Africa. The Roman church developed to the west and remains the center of Latin Catholicism today. Each of the eastern centers developed its own distinctive liturgical, mystical and spiritual tradition and faith experience.