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Anglican Communion

a group of Christian Churches including the Church of England, the Church of Ireland, the Episcopal Church in Scotland, the Church in Wales, and the Episcopal Church in the US, all of which are in full communion with each other
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  • It is a common reproach against the anglican communion that is "does not know its own mind."

    Our Lady Saint Mary J. G. H. Barry
  • He evidently understood neither the "dissidence of dissent" nor the Anglicanism of the anglican communion.

    William the Third H. D. Traill
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Anglican Communion definition

The group of Christian churches historically based in the Church of England. Anglicans combine Catholic and Protestant elements in their teaching, worship, and government. They have bishops, for example, but do not accept the authority of the pope.

Note: Nearly all of the churches of the Anglican Communion are in countries that once were possessions of Britain, including the United States, where the Anglican Communion is represented by the Protestant Episcopal Church. Anglicans use the Book of Common Prayer in worship.
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