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Normally, in a diocese, a definite territorial division that has been assigned its own church, a determined group of the faithful, and its own distinct pastor who is charged with the care of souls. National parishes have also been created to meet the needs of people of a certain race or nationality, with no relation to territory. Sometimes subdivisions of vicariates and prefectures apostolic are called quasi parishes. (Etym. Greek paroikos, dwelling near.)