Global organisation of the Catholic Church
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Patriarchs are the heads of some of the Catholic Churches other than the Latin Church. Some senior Roman Catholic archbishops are also called Patriarchs. Archbishops and Bishops administer individual dioceses as successors of the twelve apostles. As such they are responsible for the appointment and supervision of parish priests, and the oversight of all church affairs within their diocese.
The Catholic Church is organised into local hierarchies within each nation, or group of smaller nations. National Conferences of bishops co-ordinate local policy within each nation.
As of 27 February 2013, the ecclesiastical jurisdiction statistics is as follows; 1 Papal See, 9 Patriarchates, 4 Major Archdioceses, 550 Metropolitan Archdioceses, 77 Archdioceses, 2,204 Dioceses, 44 Prelatures, 11 Territorial Abbeys, 15 Apostolic Exarchates, 8 Ordinariates, 36 Military Ordinariates, 87 Apostolic Vicariates, 40 Apostolic Prefectures, 8 Apostolic Administrations, and 8 Missions 'sui juris'.
Catholicism by region 
See also 
- Holy See
- Foreign relations of the Holy See
- List of Roman Catholic dioceses (alphabetical) (including archdioceses)
- List of Roman Catholic dioceses (structured view) (including archdioceses)
- List of Roman Catholic archdioceses (by country and continent)
- Index of Catholic Church articles
- The term Roman Catholic
- List of popes
- List of living cardinals (sortable by name, country, and birthdate)
- Catholic Church hierarchy