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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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  • Montana Catholic diocese seeks to pay abuse victims $16.4 million
    By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) - A Montana Roman Catholic diocese has asked a judge to approve a bankruptcy reorganization plan that includes a $16.4 million settlement for hundreds of adults claiming childhood sexual abuse by clergy and lay workers, attorneys said on Tuesday. The Helena diocese, serving some 44,500 Catholics in 57 parishes and 38 missions in wester Read more on this news related to 'Diocese'
  • Catholic Diocese offers plan to settle abuse claim
    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena has filed a bankruptcy reorganization plan that proposes a $16.4 million settlement for hundreds of people who said clergy members sexually abused them for decades while the church covered it up. Read more on this news related to 'Diocese'
  • New bishop announced for Gary Diocese
    MERRILLVILLE — The Gary Diocese’s new leader had a sense of humor about Monday morning’s sloppy snow shower. As a native Midwesterner, the Rev. Donald Hying is used to snow and cold. But had he any say, he might not have brought the bad weather with him for his 6 a.m. appointment as the new bishop of the diocese. “Unfortunately, I don’t have a say-so in Read more on this news related to 'Diocese'

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