What is the Anglican Church?

Within Christianity there are various churches, or 'traditions', such as the Roman Catholic Church and the Greek Orthodox Church. These are often called 'denominations'. One of these church traditions is called 'Anglican'. This word means 'English' and the 'Anglican Church' was originally another name for the Church of England but is now also often used for other national Anglican churches such as the Anglican Church of Canada. The various national Anglican churches belong to the worldwide Anglican Communion. In some countries, such as the United States, the national Anglican church is called the Episcopal Church and its members are often called 'Episcopalians'.