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In the [[Roman Catholic]], [[Eastern Orthodox]], [[Anglican]], and some other Christian churches,  '''Diocese''' is the term used for a cluster of parishes—usually organized geographically—that is overseen by a [[bishop]]. The number of parishes in a diocese can range from several to fifty or more, depending upon denomination. This form of organization dates from the Early Church era. Both the word itself and the concept of a regional administrative unit were derived from the Roman Empire's hierarchy of political subdivisions.
 
In the [[Roman Catholic]], [[Eastern Orthodox]], [[Anglican]], and some other Christian churches,  '''Diocese''' is the term used for a cluster of parishes—usually organized geographically—that is overseen by a [[bishop]]. The number of parishes in a diocese can range from several to fifty or more, depending upon denomination. This form of organization dates from the Early Church era. Both the word itself and the concept of a regional administrative unit were derived from the Roman Empire's hierarchy of political subdivisions.
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It can also be referred to as a '''"bishopric"''' or a '''"see"''' (as in the "Holy See" i.e. the [[Vatican]])
  
 
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Latest revision as of 23:45, 21 February 2013

In the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Anglican, and some other Christian churches, Diocese is the term used for a cluster of parishes—usually organized geographically—that is overseen by a bishop. The number of parishes in a diocese can range from several to fifty or more, depending upon denomination. This form of organization dates from the Early Church era. Both the word itself and the concept of a regional administrative unit were derived from the Roman Empire's hierarchy of political subdivisions.

It can also be referred to as a "bishopric" or a "see" (as in the "Holy See" i.e. the Vatican)