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Bishops' Conference
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An episcopal or bishops' conference is a permanent institution in which the Roman Catholic bishops of a nation or of one particular region come together to exercise their pastoral ministry in common. Episcopal conferences were first introduced in some countries in the 19th century (Germany, 1848; Austria 1849). Vatican II and post-conciliar legislation developed the new form of gatherings of bishops in local churches which exists today (cc. 447–459 CIC/1983). The theological basis is the collegial structure of the episcopal office (Bishops, College of). Normally…

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Puza, Richard, “Bishops' Conference”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 19 September 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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