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Christian Catholic Church

Christian Catholic Church

Christian Catholic Church, religious denomination founded (1896) in Chicago by John Alexander Dowie. Its members are sometimes known as Zionites. The church has its center in Zion, Ill., which Dowie founded (1901) as a religious community. In addition to religious and educational activities in Zion, the founder started various industries on a cooperative basis, an undertaking that was built up by Wilber Glenn Voliva, who became general overseer upon the deposition of Dowie in 1905. Zion is no longer exclusively a religious community. The church extensively supports foreign missions. There are about 3,000 members in the United States and Canada.
The Christian Catholic Church of Switzerland is the Swiss member church of the Union of Utrecht. It has 14,000 members and 40 parishes. The church is a national Swiss church and recognised (as are the Evangelical Reformed and the Roman Catholic churches) in 11 cantons by the government. Since 1874, the University of Berne has had its own Christian Catholic theological faculty, which is now one part (as the Christian Catholic section) of the Faculty of Old Catholic and Protestant Theology. The strongest concentration of Christian Catholics lies in the cantons of Solothurn, Aargau, Zurich and Geneva.

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