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the district under the jurisdiction of a bishop



in ancient Rome, originally (beginning in the first century B.C.) a municipal district; during the principate, part of a province. From the period of Diocletian, at the end of the third century A.D., the diocese was a large administrative unit including several (up to 16) provinces. A total of 12 dioceses (later 15) were formed. The vicarius, who was subordinate to the praefectus praetorio, headed the diocese.

In the Catholic, and in some Protestant, churches the diocese is a territorial-administrative unit (an eparchy) headed by a bishop.

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Bishop Donald Phillips of the diocese of Rupert's Land noted that almost all the parishes in Central Buganda in Uganda have a sister parish in his diocese.
In this small Kentucky diocese, on June 3, 2005, Bishop Roger Foys announced a settlement of $120 million to compensate victims of child molestation by priests and other employees.
In addition to directing protest at home, Crew says the AAC is helping fund the dissent in Africa and, to a lesser extent, in some Latin American dioceses.
More than half of the dioceses report past cases of abuse to civil authorities, while a quarter do not.
En 1994, Mgr Raymond Dumais, nouvel eveque du diocese de Gaspe, demande a Mgr Paul Joncas, temoin privilegie des evenements diocesains, de regrouper en un volume faits et souvenirs des 75 ans du diocese, qui couvre toute la peninsule gaspesienne.
9] The appointment of non-Great Russian bishops to Great Russian dioceses constituted a conscious break with Church practice, especially considering that Russian was a foreign language for the Ukrainian bishops and not spoken at all by some foreign prelates.
It is symbolic and meaningful that we name the new diocese Mishamikweesh," which in Ojibway means 'Big Beaver House,'" announced Bishop Lydia Mamakwa to members of the Council of General Synod (CoGS), which met Nov.
It is time to pay close attention to the dioceses and religious communities reporting an increasing number of candidates.
dioceses did not respond at all to requests for interviews), but in November 2002 Gregory said it was time for the church to "move on.
Colin Johnson, Archbishop of the diocese of Toronto, announced $250,000 was being sent from its ministry allocation fund to the diocese of New Westminster.