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Ecclesiastical Province/Region
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In contrast to the ecclesiastical region (regio ecclesiastica; CD art. 39ff.), since the 4th century the ecclesiastical province (provincia ecclesiastica) has belonged to the constitutional structure of the Catholic Church. It is the assembly of neighboring particular churches to promote pastoral work and relationships among the diocesan bishops in the union of particular churches so created (CIC/1983 c. 431 §1). The provincial council and the metropolitan have leadership authority (CIC/1983 c. 432 §1). Neighboring ecclesiastical provinces can be c…

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Rees, Wilhelm, “Ecclesiastical Province/Region”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 28 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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