Diocese

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  • the territorial jurisdiction of a bishop

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  • the territorial jurisdiction of a bishop

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Diocese Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia


A diocese is an area of land under the charge of a bishop. He looks after the religious needs of the Christians who live there. The bishop organises the work of the Church in the area, and is responsible for all the ministers (priests) in his area. Another word for diocese is see, or even 'episcopal see'.

The diocese is the key geographical unit of religious authority in the church. Archbishops have an archdiocese. Inside each diocese are a number of parishes. Each parish is the area supervised by a local priest, and is part of the diocese.

As the Western Roman Empire fell during the 5th and 6th centuries the bishops of the Church took over many of the administrative roles of the former Roman prefects. The areas of ecclesiastical administration always coincided with those of the Roman civil administration.



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  • Missouri man alleging sexual abuse by priest seeks $10 million from diocese
    By Carey Gillam INDEPENDENCE Mo. (Reuters) - It has been 30 years, but Kansas City's Catholic diocese still should pay a heavy price for allowing a now-dead priest to repeatedly sexually abuse a former altar boy, a lawyer for the alleged victim said in court Monday, kicking off a $10 million lawsuit against the diocese. Jon David Couzens, then age 10, said he Read more on this news related to 'Diocese'
  • Duluth: Judge grants privacy in diocese abuse case, then steps aside
    DULUTH, Minn. -- Internal church documents and deposition testimony in two ongoing sex abuse lawsuits against the Diocese of Duluth can remain confidential, a judge ruled recently before recusing himself from hearing the cases. Read more on this news related to 'Diocese'
  • Diocese of Orange unveils planned alterations for former Crystal Cathedral
    The glass-paneled megachurch where Robert H. Schuller once delivered sermons broadcast around the world is being transformed into a more subdued sanctuary that will conform to the traditions of the Roman Catholic Church, a process that will soften the vision of the former preacher yet take... Read more on this news related to 'Diocese'

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