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Pope Benedict is head of the Catholic Church. However he is also head of all of the other Rites/Churches which are in Union with Rome (The Uniates). So he is head of the following "Churches":

Armenian Catholic Church

Byzantine Catholic Church

Chaldean Catholic Church (East Syrian)

Coptic Catholic Church

Ethiopian Catholic Church

Maronite Church

Melkite Catholic Church

Roman Catholic Church

Romanian Catholic Church

Russian Catholic Church

Ruthenian Catholic Church

Syro-Malabar Catholic Church

Ukrania Catholic Church

West Syrian Catholic Church

Each of these have different "Rites" or ceremonies which are carried out. And they are all under their own separate patriarch(s). The pope is both head and patriarch of the Roman Catholic Church or the Western Rite.

For a list of "Who's Who" and who isn't in union with Rome etc read this:

http://www.archdiocesesantafe.org/Offices/Ecumenical/ChurchList.pdf

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