How does the Coptic church compare to the Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox?

Coptic Christians are located primarily in Egypt. The word coptic denotes a particular rite of celebrating the Mass. There are many different rites in the Catholic Church. The Latin rite which we are in the Archdiocese of Mobile and at St. Margaret’s in Foley comprises the vast majority of Catholics in the world. However, other rites would include the Byzantine, Maronite, Melkite, Ruthenium, Ambrosian and many other rites. All of these rites celebrate, with Rome’s approval, the one Catholic Mass. There are Coptic Christians who are Catholic, that is united with Rome and Coptics who are Orthodox, that is separated from Rome. The Catholic Church recognizes the validity of Orthodox holy orders. Therefore, although the Coptic Orthodox are separated from the Pope we believe they have the real presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.

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