from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The district under an archbishop's jurisdiction.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. In Christian denominations, the area administered by an archbishop.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The diocese of an archbishop.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The see or diocese of an archbishop.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the diocese of an archbishop


arch- (“chief, main”) +‎ diocese (Wiktionary)


  • Monsignor Giuseppe Ghiberti, president of the Turin archdiocese's commission on the Shroud, has said the Vatican, which owns the cloth, might consider a new round of scientific tests after the public display ends May 23.

    Pope visits Turin Shroud, delivers meditation

  • The report names 63 priests "whose abusive behavior was well-documented in archdiocese files and by witnesses who testified" before the grand jury.


  • His official archdiocese is the Darling Downs, but he has been attached to St Mary’s for more than 15 years.

    Insight Scoop | The Ignatius Press Blog:

  • The archdiocese is the eighth in the U.S. to seek bankruptcy protection since the clergy abuse scandal erupted in 2002 in Boston.

    Archdiocese in US to seek bankruptcy protection

  • McDonagh called archdiocese investigators twice a week to ask what was taking so long, but he received little information.

    'I'm A Church Man'

  • Documents from O'Sullivan's personnel file, made public in 2002, show that the archdiocese was alerted as early as the 1960s to allegations against him.


  • And of course, Cardinal Mahony has indicated plans to do things like selling off the headquarters of the archdiocese, which is a skyscraper on Wilshire Boulevard.

    CNN Transcript Jul 15, 2007

  • The disclosure was an early step in an unfolding legal battle over whether the archdiocese is the true owner of parish property, as priest sex-abuse claimants say, or whether the archdiocese merely holds the property in charitable trust for its 124 parishes.

    Church lists $100 million in accounts

  • The archdiocese is the first to file for protection under federal bankruptcy laws, which will require that the church fully disclose its finances and cede authority over its spending to a federal bankruptcy judge.

    Oregon archdiocese files for bankruptcy protection

  • The ruling puts intense pressure on the archdiocese, which is trying to fend off 20 molestation lawsuits — including this case filed last year by a former altar boy, who claimed he was abused by two Catholic priests three decades ago.

    Judge orders Catholic leader’s testimony

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