Global organisation of the Catholic Church

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The Catholic Church is organized in a worldwide hierarchy under the Pope, and the Roman Curia.

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 organized into local hierarchies within each nation, or group of smaller nations. National Conferences of bishops co-ordinate local policy within each nation.

As of 31 January 2014, the ecclesiastical jurisdiction statistics is as follows; 1 Papal See, 9 Patriarchates, 4 Major Archdioceses, 550 Metropolitan Archdioceses, 77 Archdioceses, 2,206 Dioceses, 43 Prelatures, 11 Territorial Abbeys, 16 Apostolic Exarchates, 8 Ordinariates, 36 Military Ordinariates, 3 Personal Ordinariates, 1 Personal prelature, 87 Apostolic Vicariates, 40 Apostolic Prefectures, 8 Apostolic Administrations, and 8 Missions 'sui juris'.

Catholicism by region[edit]



Central America[edit]


North America[edit]


South America[edit]

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