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Aloian Apostolic Church
Apost

Classification

Catholic

Orientation

High Church

Polity

Episcopal

National bishop

Archbishop of Minneapolis

Region

Aloia

Mother churches

Church of Ascania
Church of Cadiz

Origin

1860

The Aloian Apostolic Church, also the Aloian Catholic Apostolic Church, is a Christian denomination in the Kingdom of Aloia. It consists of all the Aloian dioceses in communion with the Pope of Clervau. It is locally headed by the Apostolic Archbishop of Minneapolis, whose seat is at Queen Mary's Cathedral.  

History

Catholicism in Aloia has had a long and turbulent past. Aloia's Christianization began in the 800s and 900s with the work of missionaries from the Church of Cadiz and the Church of Ascania. Around the year 1000, Saint Olaf, King of Minneapolis was baptized. In 1106, the Archdiocese of Halle was established and the Archdiocese of Uppsala followed in 1164. 

In 1517, Martin Luther, a Saxon monk, published his 95 Theses, a document listing his objections and criticisms of the established church. This ignited the Protestant Reformation, which flared up throughout the then-Baltic League. In 1536, the King of the Baltics established the Baltic Church. At this point the Republic of Texania was established by religious dissidents in the Baltic League's southern cities. Catholics throughout the Baltics migrated to Texania during the Reformation. 

In 1593, the Uppsala Synod officially renamed the Baltic League to the Kingdom of Aloia to sever their connection to Texania and established the Lutheran-influenced Church of Aloia (formerly the Baltic Church) as the state church. Catholicism was banned in Aloia from this point forward and most Catholics in Aloia either converted or left.     

Catholicism remained banned until 1860, when positive relations with Arveyran and Duresian Catholics led the Archbishop of Uppsala himself to lobby for a removal of the ban. Cadiz and Ascania quickly mobilized to establish missions in Aloia's major cities. The Diocese of Minneapolis was established in 1868 under the jurisdiction of the Pope of Clervau.  

Since then, the Bishop of Minneapolis has been elevated to Archbishop of Minneapolis, head of the autocephalous Aloian Apostolic Church. Since its inception, the Apostolic Church has had close relations with the Church of Aloia. The two churches have cooperated on numerous things, most notably social ministries and political activism. This close relationship has made the Aloian Apostolic Church more conservative, like the other Aloian churches, than her sister church, the Church of Cadiz. The Aloian Apostolic Church objects to women's ordination and this has been a point of dispute between them and Cadiz. 

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