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A diocesan bishop, within various religious denominations, is a bishop (or archbishop) in pastoral charge of a(n) (arch)diocese (his (arch)bishopric), as opposed to a titular bishop or archbishop, whose see is only nominnal, not pastoral.<ref>Code of Canon Law (1983), canon 376. Quote=Bishops to whom the care of some diocese is entrusted are called diocesan; others are called titular</ref>

In relation to other bishops, a diocesan bishop may be a suffragan, a metropolitan (if he is an archbishop) or a primate, and may also hold various positions such as cardinal or patriarch.

Titular (arch)bishops, on the other hand, may be assistant bishops, coadjutor bishops, auxiliary bishops, nuncios or similar papal diplomats, officials of the Roman Curia, etc.


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