Eastern-church meaning

The church of the Byzantine Empire, including the patriarchates of Constantinople, Antioch, Alexandria, and Jerusalem.
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The Eastern Orthodox Church.
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The set of Christian churches centered in southwest Asia, northeast Africa, and Eastern Europe, including the Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, Nestorian, and Eastern Catholic churches.
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(historical) The Christian Church in much of the eastern part of the Roman Empire, consisting of the four patriarchates in E Europe, W Asia, and Egypt, headed by the bishops of Constantinople, Alexandria, Antioch, and Jerusalem.
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Collectively, the Eastern Christian churches in communion with the Western churches.
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