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A particular church (Latin: ecclesia particularis) is a hierarchically ordered ecclesiastical community of faithful headed by a bishop (or equivalent), as defined by Catholic canon law and ecclesiology. Liturgical rite depend on the bishop, i.e the particular church.
Though closely related, in this context "church" thus refers to the institution, and "rite" to its practices. Then again, there are two kinds of particular churches:
An autonomous particular church, or particular church sui iuris: an aggregation of particular churches with specific liturgical rites along distinctive theological, liturgical, spiritual and canonical traditions. The largest such autonomous particular church is the Latin Church, while the other 23 are referred to collectively as the Eastern Catholic Churches, some of which are headed by bishops who have the title and rank of Patriarch or Major Archbishop. In this context the descriptors autonomous (Greek: αὐτόνομος, translit. autónomos) and sui iuris (Latin) are synonymous, each meaning "of its own law".
A local particular church: a diocese or eparchy headed by a bishop is the most familiar form, typically in turn collected in a national polity or an episcopal conference. However, there are also other forms, including that of territorial abbacy, apostolic vicariate, apostolic prefecture, military ordinariate, personal ordinariate, and personal prelature.

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