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Find accurate definitions of over 5,000 Catholic terms and phrases (including abbreviations). Based on Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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CURIA, DIOCESAN

Technical name for a diocesan chancery, which includes a bishop and all the officials who assist him in the administration of the diocese. At times the term is used of the diocesan tribunals only, but this usage is not uniform. Each diocesan curia should have its own norms and procedure, sometimes called the constitutions.