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Since the 20th century the majority reside in the southern hemisphere due to secularisation in Europe, and increased persecution in the Middle East.
The Catholic Church shared communion with the Eastern Orthodox Church until the East–West Schism in 1054, disputing particularly the authority of the Pope.
while the distinctive traditions of Oriental canon law govern the 23 Eastern Catholic particular churches sui iuris.
The church teaches that through consecration by a priest the sacrificial bread and wine become the body and blood of Christ.