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A suffragan diocese is one of the
diocese In Ecclesiastical polity, church governance, a diocese or bishopric is the ecclesiastical district under the jurisdiction of a bishop. History In the later organization of the Roman Empire, the increasingly subdivided Roman province, prov ...
s other than the
metropolitan archdioceseA metropolis religious jurisdiction, or a metropolitan archdiocese, is an episcopal see The seat or ''cathedra'' of the Bishop of Rome in the Archbasilica of Saint John Lateran An episcopal see is, in the usual meaning of the phrase, the area of a ...
that constitute an ecclesiastical province. It exists in some
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, in particular the
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Catholic Church
, the
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Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria
, and the
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. In the Catholic Church, although such a diocese is governed by its own
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bishop
or
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, who is the
suffragan bishop A suffragan bishop is a type of bishop in some Christian denominations. In the Anglican Communion, a suffragan bishop is a bishop who is subordinate to a metropolitan bishop or diocesan bishop (bishop ordinary) and so is not normally jurisdictiona ...
, the
metropolitan archbishop Metropolitan may refer to: * Metropolitan area A metropolitan area or metro is a region consisting of a densely populated core city, urban core and its less-populated surrounding territories under the same administrative division, sharing indus ...
has in its regard certain rights and duties of oversight. He has no power of governance within a suffragan diocese, but has some limited rights and duties to intervene in cases of neglect by the authorities of the diocese itself.Code of Canon Law, canons 435–436
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Suffragan bishop A suffragan bishop is a type of bishop in some Christian denominations. In the Anglican Communion, a suffragan bishop is a bishop who is subordinate to a metropolitan bishop or diocesan bishop (bishop ordinary) and so is not normally jurisdictiona ...
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Suffragan Bishop in EuropeThe Suffragan Bishop in Europe is an Episcopal polity, episcopal title used by a suffragan bishop of the Church of England Diocese in Europe (in the Province of Canterbury.) The suffragan bishop assists the diocesan Bishop in Europe in overseeing the ...
(a title in the
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List of Roman Catholic archdiocesesThe following is a current list of Catholic Church, Catholic archdioceses ordered by continent and country (for the Latin Church) and by Christian liturgy, liturgical rite (for the Eastern Catholic Churches). Many smaller countries, as well as large ...
(by country and continent) *
List of Roman Catholic dioceses (alphabetical) This is a growing list of territorial Catholic Church, Catholic dioceses and ordinariates in communion with the Holy See. There are approximately 3,000 actual (i.e., non-titular) dioceses in the Catholic Church (including the eparchies of the Eas ...
(including archdioceses) *
List of Roman Catholic dioceses (structured view) As of May 31, 2018, the Catholic Church The Catholic Church, often referred to as the Roman Catholic Church, is the List of Christian denominations by number of members, largest Christian church, with approximately 1.3 billion baptis ...
(including archdioceses)


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