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Aeque principaliter ("equally important") is a Latin term used by the Roman Catholic Church to indicate a merger of two or more dioceses in which – to avoid questions of predominance – the dioceses are all given equal importance. Such a merger often followed a merger in persona episcopi .
The word diocese is derived from the Greek term dioikesis (διοίκησις) meaning "administration". Today, when used in an ecclesiastical sense, it refers to the ecclesiastical district under the jurisdiction of a bishop. Sometimes it is also called bishopric.
In persona episcopi is a Latin expression used by the Roman Catholic Church to indicate a union of two or more dioceses in which the dioceses are administered by a single bishop but undergo no alteration to their diocesan structures. In its mildest form such a union can be temporary, but in other cases it can be an intermediate step towards a union aeque principaliter or a full union.
The Diocese of Teramo-Atri is a Roman Catholic ecclesiastical territory in Abruzzo, central Italy. The current extent of the diocese was established in 1949, when the historic Diocese of Teramo was combined with the Diocese of Penne-Atri, in the Abruzzo. It is suffragan of the Archdiocese of Pescara-Penne.
The Italian Catholic Diocese of Prato in Tuscany, has existed since 1954. Its see is Prato Cathedral. The diocese is a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Florence.
The Italian Catholic Diocese of Pistoia is located in the Province of Florence. It has existed since the third century. From 1653 to 1954, the historic diocese was the diocese of Pistoia and Prato. The Diocese of Prato has been separate from 1954. The diocese is a suffragan of the archdiocese of Florence.
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Cannae is an ancient village of the Apulia region of south east Italy. It is a frazione of the comune (municipality) of Barletta, a former bishopric and presently a Latin Catholic titular see.
The Archdiocese of Gniezno is the oldest Latin Catholic archdiocese in Poland, located in the city of Gniezno. The ecclesiastical province comprises the suffragan dioceses of Bydgoszcz and Włocławek.
Priverno is a town, comune and former Latin Catholic bishopric in the province of Latina, Lazio, central Italy. It was called Piperno until 1927.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Ampurias was a Latin suffragan Catholic bishopric in the north of Sardinia from 1070 till its suppression and merger with the Diocese of Civita-Tempio into the present Roman Catholic Diocese of Tempio-Ampurias.
The diocese of Gravina and Montepeloso is a former ecclesiastical territory of the Roman Catholic Church in Apulia, southern Italy. Since 1986 it has formed part of the merged diocese of Altamura-Gravina-Acquaviva. Gravina in Apulia was the seat of the episcopal see from the ninth century.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Zacapa is a Latin suffragan diocese in the ecclesiastical province of the Archdiocese of Guatemala.
The Diocese of Cingoli was a Roman Catholic diocese in Italy. It was founded in the 5th century. Nothing is heard of the diocese or of its bishops after the sixth decade of the 6th century. The time and reason for its cease is speculative. It was contained within the Papal States. The diocese was always immediately subject to the Holy See (Papacy).
The diocese of Ruvo was a Roman Catholic ecclesiastical territory in Apulia, southern Italy, which existed until 1986, when it was united into the diocese of Molfetta-Ruvo-Giovinazzo-Terlizzi. From 1818 to 1982, it was united with the diocese of Bitonto, as the diocese of Ruvo and Bitonto.
The Archdiocese of Poznań is one of 14 archdioceses located in Poland, with the seat located in Poznań.
The Italian Roman Catholic Diocese of Cerignola-Ascoli Satriano in Apulia, has existed under this name since 1986. Its bishop is a suffragan of the Archbishop of Foggia-Bovino. Historically the Diocese of Ascoli Satriano was a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Benevento, and changed its name to Diocese of Ascoli Satriano e Cerignola in 1819.
The Italian Catholic diocese of Fabriano-Matelica in the Marche has existed under this name since 1986. It is a suffragan of the archdiocese of Ancona-Osimo.
The former Italian Catholic Diocese of Urbania and Sant’Angelo in Vado, in the Marche, existed from 1636 to 1986. In the latter year, it was united into the Archdiocese of Urbino, to form the Archdiocese of Urbino-Urbania-Sant'Angelo in Vado.
The Diocese of Scala is a bishopric centred on Scala in Italy. No longer a residential see, it is included in the Catholic Church's list of titular sees. It was established as a diocese in 987. On 31 July 1603 it was merged aeque principaliter with the diocese of Ravello. On 27 June 1818 the Diocese of Scala was suppressed by Pope Pius VII's bull De utiliori and all its territories were incorporated into the archdiocese of Amalfi. It is now the seat of a titular archbishopric, currently held by Archbishop Edward Joseph Adams, Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain.
The Diocese of Sezze was a Latin Catholic bishopric with see in Sezze, in the Province of Latina, central Italy, about 65 kilometres (40 mi) south of Rome and 10 kilometres (6 mi) from the Mediterranean coast..
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Novigrad was a Latin rite diocese located in the city of Novigrad, Istria, Croatia until it was suppressed to the Diocese of Trieste in 1831.
The Catholic Diocese of Tudela was a modern Latin bishopric with see in Tudela, Navarre, northern Spain, which existed 1783-1851 and again 1889-1956, each time being split off from the Pamplona see or reunited with it.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Civita(-Tempio) was a Latin Catholic bishopric in the Gallura region of northern Sardinia.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Sant’Angelo in Vado is a suppressed diocese in Italy which is now part of the Archdiocese of Urbino–Urbania–Sant’Angelo in Vado.
Orte Cathedral or the Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta, Orte, is the main Roman Catholic church of Orte, located in front of the Piazza della Libertà, in the province of Viterbo, region of Lazio, Italy. It is dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. It was the episcopal seat of the bishops of Orte, which in 1437 was united aeque principaliter with the diocese of Civita Castellana, and merged into it in 1986; it is now a co-cathedral. It is an immemorial minor basilica.