Is the Catholic church the original church?

Hello and Christ’s blessings to you -

I have always believed that the Catholic Church is the original church from which all other Christian denominations sprang from. I do know of the Great Schism of 1054 where the Catholic and Orthodox churches split.

I have been in a few friendly debates as to which church started first. Can you give me some factual information on how best to answer ths question when the topic arises?

Thank you and God bless you,

Suzanne

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