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- n. Plural form of exarchate.
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And our brothers in Christ, the Armenian Catholics, have proved that there can be dioceses or 'junior dioceses' exarchates covering enormous territories.
For instance, there are the apostolic exarchates that exist in some countries to care for faithful of Oriental Rites, the military ordinariates, and a personal apostolic administration erected a few years ago in Brazil.
Africa and Italy quickly fell back around the exarchates, islands of imperial vice-regal rule.
But were there also Churches whose high jurisdiction was recognized by a number of ecclesiastical provinces, and did they correspond with the future patriarchates and exarchates?
In earlier times, before the separation of East and West, councils to which several distant patriarchates or exarchates sent representatives, were described absolutely as "plenary councils of the universal church".
Under these patriarchates and exarchates came the eparchies under metropolitans; they had under them the bishops of the various cities.
Asia Minor; that was done from Antioch, and in the third century the two ecclesiastical exarchates of Asia Minor, Cæsarea in Cappadocia and Ephesus in Asia proper, were subject to the patriarch of the great Syrian city.